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Flood assistance sought

Immediate aid has been requested of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to avoid flood damages in Glenwood Springs.

The request was made by Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Greg Walcher to Col. Kurt F. Ubbelohde, district engineer of the corps.

According to a news release from the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, the letter outlined their need for technical assistance to assess new erosion and flood threats caused by the Coal Seam Fire, as well as help in identifying potential projects that could act as preventative measures.

The corps can provide technical expertise, including engineering and design, so contractors can begin structural projects to contain floods and mudslides and to restore damaged infrastructure.

Walcher said damage from the Coal Seam Fire raised serious concerns among local officials and citizens who live and work in the Mitchell Creek drainage. According to the Burned Area Emergency Rehabilitation team, there are 161 primary residences, five businesses, four government offices and a fish hatchery along Mitchell Creek or in the debris flow area. The BAER team also reported that one-tenth of an inch of rain could have a catastrophic effect on those structures in the hazard zone.


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