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Reactions mixed as landscape fixes begin in Deer Creek

Posted: 10:45 PM, Sep 10, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-11 00:48:00-04
Deer Creek cleanup

COLORADO SPRINGS — Just days after a flood destroyed properties and flooded a Colorado Springs street, the company appearing to be responsible is stepping in.

Heavy rains caused a flood in the Deer Creek neighborhood Friday . The issue is an ongoing construction development up the street, the Village of Palermo at Flying Horse, where Classic Homes is constructing a new neighborhood.

It made a mess for homeowners like Joyce Willener, but she said the turnaround has been impressive.

"We've come a long way in two days," Willener said.

The Willeners took a lot of damage on the property they've owned since 2003. Lines of mud, mulch and debris lined their front yard after the flood moved through.

The waters came within feet of their garage.

"They had to take out all the grass and all my plants in the corner flower bed down there," Willener said.

Since Monday, landscape crews hired by Classic have made steady progress toward restoring the landscape. They've replaced mulch, tested irrigation systems, replaced stone and are preparing to lay new sod in several yards.

Willener said it's all they could ask for from Classic, noting the company is paying for all of it.

"There has not been any questions, arguments, 'Why do you want that done?' Nothing. It's just they have done everything that needed to be done," Willener said.

While there's an appreciation for the quick landscape fix, other neighbors are still frustrated.

Michael Smith, whose car and yard took damage Friday, told News 5 he's considering legal action to keep Classic Homes accountable. It's not the first time this type of flood has happened, and he and his neighbors worry about what will happen next time.

"This is putting a lot of people in danger and their home values at risk to build a new neighborhood, and they didn't take care of any problems," Smith said.

News 5 has made multiple attempts to contact Classic Homes for comment on this story. The company has not answered our calls.