Sep 21, 2011 7:13 PM by David Ortiviz

Homeless lose supplies, city deals with mess after storm

Pueblo is still dealing with the aftermath of that torrential rain last week. Water levels in Fountain Creek rose quickly and caused major problems downstream.

The stormwater system was pushed to the max, leaving debris everywhere. "Throughout the entire drainage basin we have a lot of debris, particularly a lot of logs and stumps," said Earl Wilkinson, Director of Pueblo's Public Works Department.

City crews have started to clean-up the most severe areas: 8th St. and to the south. "One its obviously a nuisance and the other problem that is more severe is that if we have other flood events, this debris can compile," said Wilkinson.

The other big concern right now is the impact on the homeless who lived near Fountain Creek. Everyone got out safely, but the fast-moving muddy waters washed away their supplies. "Their camps were destroyed, so they had to come and ask for assistance," said Anne Stattelman, Director of Posada.

The non-profit is collecting donations for about 40 people who lost everything. They need tents, tarps, sleeping bags, lanterns and camping stoves. "We really need to people to look in their closets. Do they have camping gear that they haven't used," said Stattelman. "Why we're really putting the word out now is because as nights get colder people are going to need to be prepared for winter that is coming up," she added.

Wilkinson says no bridges were damaged, however a machine that removes sediment from the creek was covered with silt and sand, and needs to be fixed.



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