Watershed Repair, Flood Mitigation To Start Soon In Waldo Canyon

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Millions of dollars have been allocated towards neutralizing flood risk in the burn areas left from two major Colorado wildfires.

The Waldo Canyon Fire and High Park Park left thousands of acres newly vulnerable to flooding. Watershed-repair and flood mitigation work had been wait-listed with federal funding pending.

Sen. Mark Udall's office announced Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resource Conservation Service has allotted more than $19.8 million to go towards work in both burn areas.

The funds will go towards projects such as mulching, seeding, channel stabilization measures and contour tree felling. Securing the funding was the first step; the projects are expected to begin within the next several months.

"Colorado's spring snow showers and rain are helping Colorado's snowpack get closer to where it should be, but they also are a reminder of the flood dangers homeowners near the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires still face today," Udall said in a statement released Tuesday.

"I am glad the National Resource Conservation Service is making this work a top priority. They have assured me that the funds I fought so hard for will be available within several weeks."

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