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Agencies stepping up Cheyenne Creek flood protection

Agencies stepping up Cheyenne Creek flood protection

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It's a project that's coming just in time for flood season: The City of Colorado Springs, the State of Colorado and the federal government are stepping up to make Cheyenne Creek a safer place to be during flood season.

Brittany Ramos remembers being evacuated during last September's flood.

"It was crazy here. Water was coming over the bridge, came up to our windows about 15 feet above the creek," she said.

Leon Kot works for the National Resource Conservation Service. He said crews used the boulders left over from last fall's flood to protect the creek and homes.

Kot said workers widened the creek and made it deeper to allow more water to flow.
Smaller rocks were put in to allow fish to swim up and down the stream.

Shovels and rakes were used to get rid of debris that could clog the creek.

The project cost $100,000 and it should be done by the end of June.

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