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Tackling Icy Streets

Imagine having a skating rink in front of your house. A Colorado Springs man says water runoff pools in front of his house... then freezes... creating an icy nightmare just about every cold winter night.
Parked cars often get their tires stuck here... the mailman doesn't like the hazard... and Larry McConnell and his neighbors are tired of using shovels to crack away the mess.
Larry says ice has formed in front of his house for more than 30 years.
He knows the drainage problems.
Storm sewers are non-existent here... so water runoff heads from Byron to his steep street, Browning.
It collects at the low point... which happens to be in the shade in front of his house.
Larry says, "I cleaned this out Saturday and it's just about the same way as it is right now. And now i've got to clean it out again."
"I can't get to the front of my mailbox because it's nothing but pure ice... and if someone slips and falls on it... who's responsibility is it? Mine? I don't think so!"
Larry made a Call for Action to our volunteer Sue... who talked to the city's Roadway Engineering Manager, Rob Kidder.
Kidder agrees...this is a long standing problem, but says it now can be tackled under the newly created Stormwater Enterprise Program.
City crews are slated to get to work here in February.
Rob Kidder says, "We're going to realign some pipes in the intersection and redirect the runoff down the sunny side of the street... and we think that will go a long way to help the icing problem that we see along there."
Many Colorado Springs streets have drainage issues...especially in older neighborhoods without storm sewers like Larry's.
Residents looking for help should call the new Stormwater Enterprise Program.. but be patient... I'm told it's not quite up to staff yet.
Plus, 300 million dollars worth of projects are already on the books.
To reach Stormwater Enterprise... call this number... 385-5913.


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