Colorado

Apr 17, 2013 1:59 PM by Andy Koen

Mayor's office seeks $10M for flood mitigation

COLORADO SPRINGS - The Mayor's office plans to ask City Council for an additional $10 million this year to pay for flood mitigation work in and down stream from the Waldo Canyon burn area. The money would come from the city's reserves and a majority of it, $8.8 million, would be spent rebuilding and restoring the Camp Creek and Douglas Creek storm water channels which begin in the burn scar.

Another $1 million would be used for forest mitigation and fuels reduction on city owned land. The remaining $200,000 would be split between paying for a study of the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires, and to increase training at the Office of Emergency Management.

The Mayor's Chief of Staff Laura Neumann said the mayor's office will be briefing city council on their request at their informal session Monday. The mayor hopes to having the request approved at the May 14 and May 28 formal sessions.

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