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County to relocate some Fountain residents as ground erosion threatens homes

EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - El Paso County commissioners are trying to get around 31 households relocated in Fountain as ground erosion continues to threaten their homes. 

You may remember, KRDO NewsChannel 13 did a story on the Riverside Mobile Home Park back in June. 

The mobile home park sits along the bank of Fountain Creek. Heavy rainfall throughout monsoon season has some of the homes teetering on the edge. 

When we spoke to County officials then, they said they were still in the process of getting a grant approved. 

Now, it's August, and Pete Vujcich, Resource Manager with the Public Works Department has told Commissioners that appraisals will be conducted over the next 30 days. 

The county is acquiring the park and hopes to have all of the families moved by the end of 2018. 

The City of Fountain and El Paso County says it began looking for a solution after flooding in September 2013 destroyed one of the internal roadways in the park.  The 2013 flood closed roadways all along the Colorado Front Range.  Ten people were killed and thousands were displaced from the Wyoming border to southern El Paso County.

With federal funding through the Community Development Block Grant program Fountain began to work on a plan to assist residents in 2014.  El Paso County was asked to take over the project in 2015.

After residents are moved away from danger, the riverbank at the base of the cliff will be reinforced and the area will serve as a parking lot and trailhead for the nearby open space managed by the County Parks Department.

The County will be sending notices to all Riverside residents this week inviting them to a meeting Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Fountain City Hall.

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