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Poll: People Agree Flood Control Should Be Priority

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Most people in the Pikes Peak region agree that flood control needs to be a top priority for city leaders. However, people are at odds about how to pay for it. That's according to a poll by the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force.

Out of the 400 people who took the survey, 95 percent say flood control is important and has a serious impact on the community.

Those results were just released on Monday.

City leaders tell 11 News that it's impressive to have such a consensus on an issue facing our community.

The poll also shows that most people agree there needs to be continuous funding to improve stormwater systems; however, there is no consensus on how exactly to pay for it.

The city wants to fix areas that become trouble spots when we get heavy rain.

One area is on Siferd, near Austin Bluffs and Academy.

You might remember two people had to be rescued in June, when their car got stuck in rushing water.

We spoke with a man whose daughter lives in the neighborhood. He tells us he would like to see something done about the intersection.

"It's all based on what they can do at different times with their budgets but you would think after a period of time that this would get resolved. I'm sure that someday they will resolve it," said Jim.

The city is trying to get a plan together to fix other problems spots across Colorado Springs, including Camp Creek and North and South Douglas Creek.

City officials tell 11 News they will use the information from the poll to help come up with some solutions for stormwater projects.

Mayor Steve Bach released a statement following the announcement of the poll results:

“The City appreciates the Task Force sharing its research data, which we understand was gathered among 400 respondents throughout El Paso County," Bach said in part in the written statement. "Of note is that the findings do not address citizen concerns about our local streets and bridges, public safety and parks infrastructure. I continue to believe that the best interests of Colorado Springs and our neighbors will be served by implementing the action plan I proposed to the City Council, County Commissioners and Task Force leaders in October."

To see the Mayor's plan, click the link to the right of this article.

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