Posted: Aug 2, 2012 5:58 PM by Greg Boyce
The El Paso County Commissioners today approved the purchase of barriers designed to control flood flows.
The board approved $38,000 for 700 feet of TrapBag barriers which will be placed around Ute Pass Elementary and along Chipita Park Road where mud flows have been prevalent.
Manitou Springs School District 14 Superintendent Ed Longfield said, "This cooperation will help keep the school safe and kids protected. We want the school to be as close to normal as possible for the kids when they return. They've seen a lot of destruction this summer with the fire and having the school back to normal will helpful in bringing things back to how they should be for the kids."
Commissioner Sallie Clark, who represents the Ute Pass area, has met with many of the residents in the area who have expressed their concerns about the need to protect the school and transportation corridor. "We've seen that even a small rainstorm in the burn area above Ute Pass is likely to cause big problems for the residents and business below. For the safety of the kids and everyone in the Ute Pass area it's important to do what we can with these temporary barriers to protect both the school and Chipita Park Road."
"These barriers have been extensively tested and have worked well in floods throughout the Midwest," said Public Services Operations Manager Max Kirschbaum. Kirschbaum expects the barriers to be shipped and installed by the end of next week.