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Dec 9, 2013 3:52 PM by Matt Prichard

Storm water survey prompts action

An overflowing issue has the Pikes Peak Regional Task Force searching for answers. Flooding plagued El Paso County this summer, and now something needs to be done.

"It shows that our storm water infrastructure is insufficient and it's failing. So we really do need to put this at the top of the list of priorities for our community," said task force member, Jill Gaebler.

That's why the board put together a survey, and sent it out to 400 El Paso County residents, and what came back was truly astounding. 

"It's overwhelming. Over 90% of people in the community want something to be done to address flood control and runoff control," said survey coordinator, Bryon Allen.

But those surveyed also had opinions on how this problem could best be fixed.

"They care about a regional approach to a regional problem. They care about a dedicated stream of funds. And they care about having direct voter control over how this program is developed and which projects get chosen," said Allen.

And those programs could carry a heavy price to keep El Paso County dry in the years to come.

"It looks like we're looking at a billion dollar price tag. For capital projects and for maintenance, which is important because if you build something and don't maintain it, it's like buying your car and not changing the oil, you're just throwing good money after bad," said task force member, Rachel Beck.

No major decisions have been handed down as of yet, however task force members say this survey gives them a better idea of where to go from here.

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