The severe thunderstorms that rolled through the Grand Valley on Monday caused flooding problems on local roadways prompting officials to take another look at stormwater management. Although the city already acknowledges problems with the storm drainage system on Orchard Mesa, they also discovered that several other areas had problems, as well as including parts of Pear Park and North Avenue.
Officials were forced to shut down all but one lane of traffic at Patterson Road and 15th Street due to flooding. Although the storm caused flooding, officials say it was a unique storm that we don't see too often. Some areas of the city received as much as 1.3 inches of rain, making it a one in 50 year event. The official rainfall in Grand Junction was .45 inches, a record for July 25th.
City officals say stormwater maintenance is very expensive so fixing these problems may not happen right away. However, the city is currently receiving bids on the Ranchmen's Ditch Project that will alleviate flooding issues from the airport to the Mesa Mall.
The storm did point out a positive. The $10 million dollar stormwater project in the downtown area in 2001 functioned extremely well.
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