Posted: Aug 6, 2012 4:45 PM by Greg Boyce
Flooding following the Waldo Canon Fire has caused considerable damage to pipes that feed the Colorado Springs water supply.
A week ago a wall of water and debris swept down the mountains north of Colorado Springs.
The Stanley Canyon Tunnel, the primary delivery system of water from Rampart Reservoir to the Pine Valley and McCullough Treatment plants, was not impacted. The Pine Valley Pipeline, the secondary yet critical delivery system to these facilities, sustained heavy damage. Two creek crossings were destroyed, compromising infrastructure. Parts of the access road were also washed away. Some parts of the pipeline are now exposed and undermined.
Cost of repairs has not been determined, but it will reach more than $1 million. Utilities workers are making a rapid plan for repairs, because more flooding is expected each time there's a heavy rain in the area.