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Colorado Springs flood project to save lives and money

Colorado Springs flood project to save lives and money

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It's a win-win situation for the City of Colorado Springs. The city said a project in the Garden of the Gods portion of Camp Creek will protect lives and save Colorado Springs money.

More than 4,000 tons of rock and other debris were removed from the Garden of the Gods part of Camp Creek.

A sediment detention pond, which is meant to slow down and divert floodwater, will be built there.

Camp Creek was hit hard during the September floods, which left behind debris and ruined the ditch.

"The creek actually choked down because of the silt and debris coming down the mountain during the flood, and it had to find somewhere to go," Colorado Springs Operations Manager David Scalfri said.

The city found a temporary location to put the debris and save money.

Flying W Ranch offered its land as a site for the sediment.

The partnership saved Colorado Springs more than $160,000.

Flying W Ranch worker Aaron Winter said the ranch could use the debris.

"We can use a lot of the sediment brought to us to repair roadways just like this one here all the way through the property," he said.

Flying W was a short-term answer to the sediment issue, but a vacant pit in Colorado Springs is the long-term solution.

The pit is big enough to hold 4,000 tons of debris from the Garden of the Gods portion of Camp Creek.

It will also be used to guide water from drains in Colorado Springs to Fountain Creek.

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