Aug 27, 2014 8:32 PM by Bill Folsom

Parts of N. Cheyenne Canon close after flood damage

A portion of North Cheyenne Canyon Park in Colorado Springs closed Tuesday because of damage from flashfloods late Monday. It is the second time in a year flooding has damaged the popular recreation spot.

This time only a portion of the canyon is closed at the top. The flooding churned out a large spot where Lower Gold Camp Road meets the upper parking lot. and the turn to High Drive. Tons of dirt and gravel washed down and crews are using a front loader to haul it back up to fill the gap. The other problem spot is underneath the pavement across from the Helen Hunt Falls visitors center. Water was so powerful it knocked rocks off a retaining wall and then started eroding away under the pavement. "The road has been undermined by about three feet. We have it coned off and people can get around, but we've got a concern for if it rains again how much more may go away," said Kurt Schroeder with Colorado Springs Parks and Cultural Services.

The repair timeline for this one is a couple of days. Park managers want the canyon fully open for the Labor Day weekend.



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