COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A few months ago, Cheyenne Creek was more like a raging river than a creek.
Neighbors along the creek still have vivid memories of what happened that day. So do emergency managers in Colorado Springs.
"We actually had a federally-declared disaster area," said Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Hughlett.
The hardest-hit area was at Scott and Stratton streets in the Broadmoor neighborhood. Six months on the cleanup is still going on and the Spring forecast calls for water with heavier rain and snow than we saw last year.
The city is working hard to prevent more flooding.
"They've done quite here. Quite a bit of cleanup, I mean they took out all the limbs, there was brush piled up all up and down the road right here," said Joe Rollo, a Broadmoor resident.
Now the federal government is helping, too.
"We've recieved some exigent, or emergency, funding from the NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service)," said Colorado Springs Public Works Stormwater Manager Tim Mitros.
He knows what would have to happen to prevent flooding in the worst case storm- "a channel about 100 feet wide, (and) 6 feet deep," he said.
Emergency managers have a system where people in harm's way will recieve a call, but warning sirens were ruled out - "because the sirens mean so many different things to different people, we didn't feel that would give the appropriate warning for the situation that was occurring at that time," said Hughlett.
Getting the work done along the creek and getting the word out is important, beacause one day the floods will return to Cheyenne Creek.
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