Town of GMF declares local disaster

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In the aftermath of the flood in Green Mountain Falls last month, officials are still estimating the cost of repairs. “We had a 12-foot flow of water through Green Mountain Falls,” said Rob McArthur, public works director, referring to the rainstorm on Aug. 22.

Reporting to Mayor Lorrie Worthey and the board of trustees Sept. 3, McArthur highlighted the damage to municipal property when floodwaters from Fountain Creek came roaring through town from Woodland Park:

• The bridge near Joyland church on Ute Pass Avenue.

“I’d like to acknowledge Jim Van Scoten and Mac Pitrone who were instrumental in saving the bridge and the road that night,” McArthur said.

Van Scoten is the equipment operator for the department and Pitrone is a trustee.

• The bridge at Hotel Street and El Paso Avenue

• The bridge at El Paso and Ute Pass avenues

- Lake Street sub-surface drainage and diversion infrastructure

• Playground at Gazebo Park. “CIRSA (the town’s insurance) is going to cover the damage after we pay the $1,000 deductible,” McArthur said.

• Gazebo Lake, inundated with sediment from the creek.

“We can look forward to dredging the inlet and getting some of that wonderful Woodland Park clay out of the lake,” McArthur said.

Without the final figures, McArthur estimates the total cost of repairs to be around $200,000.

As Fountain Creek continues to be the carrier of flooding, McArthur proposed implementing streamside guidelines strengthened by a town ordinance.

“The water from Woodland Park is not flowing straight through here; there are huge deviations in the flow, which is why the water came out of the banks,” he said.

“We’re going to have this every 10 years if we don’t do something.”

“The good thing is that we found our rocks down in Manitou and we’re going to bring them back,” McArthur said, emphasizing the fact that Fountain Creek flows downhill.

As a preliminary to seeking repair funds from the Department of Local Affairs, the board passed a resolution declaring a local disaster.

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