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Aug 22, 2014 7:24 PM by Zach Thaxton

Manitou leaders show off Williams Canyon flood control progress

Manitou Springs city leaders showed off progress Friday on $5.5 million worth of flood control and prevention construction work in Williams Canyon.  A narrow culvert in the canyon below the Cave of the Winds clogged with rocks and debris several times during heavy rains in the summer of 2013, resulting in devastating flooding out of the mouth of the canyon at Canon Avenue and downhill into an area called The Narrows, as well as the historic Spa building.  Friday, Mayor Marc Snyder helped lead a tour of the improvements, which includes a 10-foot-tall, 14-foot-wide concrete channel to help slow and direct water and debris coming down from the Waldo Canyon Fire burn scar during major rain events.

Senator Mark Udall (D-Colorado) was among those taking the 40-minute tour of the improvements, which are ahead of schedule.  "This crew here has doubled the amount of progress that you could have considered to be happening over the same timeframe," Udall said, "so, in three months they've done six months' worth of work.  That's impressive."

Workers on the project tell News 5 they anticipate completion of Phase 1 of the project south of the U.S. Highway 24 overpass to be completed this fall, with completion of Phase 2 north of the overpass sometime after the New Year.

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