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Colorado Springs sees benefits from stormwater improvements

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Posted at 7:52 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 21:52:36-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Recent heavy rain is testing draining in Colorado Springs, and so far improvements seem to be working.

Street flooding has been a problem in the past.

The city made a commitment four years ago to improve infrastructure, including redoing drainage and bringing the system up-to-date.

That work is ongoing, but so far the efforts seem to be making a difference.

"A lot of that too is coordination with us and the 2C program, so when they go in to repave roads, they're rebuilding curb and gutter, we're working with them to replace pipe, fix that conveyance as we go," said Stormwater Enterprise Manager Richard Mulledy.

City leaders say runoff appears to be cleaner because less trash is making its way downstream.

Controlling the speed and the amount of water is also helping.