Project to reduce flooding in Manitou Springs OK'd

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Colorado's transportation commission has approved money for the construction of a concrete culvert aimed at reducing flash flooding on U.S. Highway 24 near Manitou Springs, the site of a deadly mudslide earlier this month.

Doug Lollar, program engineer with the Colorado Department of Transportation, tells The Gazette that commissioners approved the money Friday for a concrete culvert with 10 times the capacity of the existing culvert. The department will solicit bids for the work soon, but an estimate of the project's cost isn't available yet.

On July 10 and Aug. 9, flash floods swept numerous cars off the road, which is near a massive burn scar left by last year's Waldo Canyon Fire. Areas burned by wildfires are vulnerable to flash floods because the scorched soil absorbs less water.

John Collins, of Divide, died in the August flood.

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