Sep 19, 2013 12:50 AM by Tony Spehar - firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week's storms sent water rushing down the slopes of Cheyenne Mountain, causing rockslides and sending debris flowing over NORAD Road and into the backyards along Paisley Drive.
Operations are expected to return to normal at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station on Thursday, but as of Wednesday those living in the neighborhoods below CMAFS were still deep in the midst of recovery.
"Just a raging river of water," described Myra, a Paisley Drive resident who didn't want her last name shared. "We actually purchased this home because of the beautifully landscaped yard that came with it."
That beautiful yard is now a ruin, sediment and other debris covered the backyard of the home. Myra is thankful her home made it through the storm without severe damage, though just barely. Other houses in the neighborhood were damaged as well.
"Imagine trying to bail water out of your house and also make as many calls for urgent, acute help as you can," she explained.
City crews told her during the worst of the storms water in her backyard was as high as three-feet. She credits the works of the Colorado Springs fire fighters who built up dikes and stacked sandbags to try and limit the damage to her home as best they could.
"Basement's been destroyed, from the amount of water that went in it," Myra described.
She believes debris from the water flow broke out one her basement windows and allowed water to gush into her finished basement. Fire fighters helped remove furniture and other items. But, when it came to getting up further on the slopes of Cheyenne Mountain to try and find a solution or re-direct water flow the fence-line between her home and the Air Force station prevented all the efforts of the CSFD and other city crews. She said getting in touch with those in charge hasn't been easy and claims it was difficult for all involved to get in touch with crews at the station.
"It's horrible, how do you call NORAD?" she asked, getting emotional. "You know what makes a nightmare psychologically worse is that, you know, when you call for help and you don't get it."
To be fair, during the storms CMAFS had it's share of problems. Rockslides blocked at least one entrance to the station and parts of NORAD Road were eroded away. However, with operations now returning to normal at the station Myra's been trying to get answers about what is being done to mitigate the flooding problem on the station as she watches heavy equipment move up the station's roads and not stopping to do work along the portion of NORAD Road behind her house. She's worried about doing any repair work if flooding could become a problem again during another storm.
"We all live here together, we all work together and how are we going to work together when some emergency like this happens?" she asked.
News 5 contacted the 21st Space Wing to get a response to Myra's concerns.
"Personnel at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station, Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base have worked hard during and after the recent storms to mitigate impacts both on and off Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station," the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs Office said in a statement. "These crews have also worked in a concerted effort with Colorado Springs Fire Department and Colorado Springs Utilities to repair damage caused by the storm."
Any residents in the Broadmoor Bluffs community with concerns about flooding and mitigation work are asked to call the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs Office at 719-556-5185.