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Clogged Drainage Ditches Cause Concern

Clogged Drainage Ditches Cause Concern

Flash flooding is at the tops of Colorado Springs residents' minds as storms developed Wednesday afternoon.

Frank Sanders said he suffered flooding at his home near the 31st Street Drainage Ditch in 1999, and he told KRDO Newschannel 13 he is worried it will happen again.

He said the city of Colorado Springs has done an efficient job in clearing the drainage ditch along 31st Street, but said the portion of the ditch that extends toward Garden of the Gods Park is overgrown with trees and brush.

"If you go look at it, there's no way the water's going to get under the culvert.  It's full of trees," said Sanders.

Sanders said he has been alerting the city and his city councilmen about the issue. 

"I'd like to see them cut all those trees out of there and cut all the brush out and open the channel up," he said.

Sanders wishes were granted Wednesday afternoon.

Crews were working on a portion of Camp Creek, eliminating trees and vegetation obstructing the culverts.

According to Kurt Schroeder, Colorado Springs parks, trails and open space manager, overgrowth in drainage ditches has been identified as an issue, and he said the city is working diligently to mitigate this threat.

"Should it rain a significant amount, the concern is the vegetation that may be right in the creek is it could create maybe a damming effect," said Schroeder.

Schroeder said they are implementing plans to mitigate flash flooding and will continue to do so.

"To clean up the entire Camp Creek area, we're going to be working on that for a while," he said. 

"Over the years I've called many times.  You can see from the size of the tree trunks there and they have done nothing.  So, yes, this is satisfaction, to see them doing it," said Sanders.

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