Homeowner Blames City For Flooded Yard

The recent rainfall is creating a lot of flooding issues along streets and in neighborhoods in Southern Colorado.

One trouble spot is in a Colorado Springs neighborhood near Circle and Maizeland.

"I dread to see spring come, I dread to see the monsoons come, because I know what's going to happen," said homeowner Eva Guy.

Eva tells 11 News her back yard, along with many of her neighbors' yards, flood every summer. She says inadequate drainage on Chelton Road behind her house is the culprit, and the water flows directly into her yard.

She believes the City of Colorado Springs is responsible for the flooding, and needs to install proper drains and curbs on Chelton to stop the flooding problem.

11 News spoke with the Colorado Springs' Roadway Manager Robin Kidder, who knows about the problem in Eva Guy's neighborhood.

"We're well aware of the lack of storm sewer facilities. It's been on the list for many many years," said Kidder.

Kidder says a lack of resources is the reason the flooding issue hasn't been addressed.

"You can only do so much with so little and we're stretched to the absolute max," said Kidder.

Eva Guy has started a petition to get the problem rectified. So far, she has collected 35 signatures from her neighbors, and plans to the take the issue to city council.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 at 07:04 PM
    This goes to tired of the nonsense. You have no clue what you are talking about and it's people like you that lets the city officials pull the wool over your eyes. I have lived in many cities and Colorado Springs is by far the worst for managing it's money. They will cut anything and everything to keep their pockets lined and fat bellies fed. It's all about balancing the budget. This city has ignored problems for so long they cannot even keep up. Our Police department is equipped with outdated equipment and communications equipment it's pathetic. It is all the illegals that work under the table and doesn't pay taxes but yet use our resources and gets all of this aid from the State and County. Obama is to blame for this too. And this liberal clown we have for a governor.
  • by Tired of the nonsense on Aug 4, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    MGR and Tax Payer, your pathetic rants are why this once beautiful city is going to hell in a handbasket. No one wants high taxes (and if you think taxes here are high, you're both delusional), but it costs money to run a city of almost half a million people, and yet you think this city can run a budget more suited for a town one quarter it's current size. Get with it, or get lost. I've probably lived here longer than either of you two clowns, and it's tightwads like you who are ruining Colorado Springs.
  • by Bob Location: Erindale on Aug 4, 2010 at 12:37 PM
    Gee, what a sad tale. I wonder if those 35 people voted to retain the Stormwater Drainage fee. I did, as I know that you can't get something for nothing.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 4, 2010 at 10:31 AM
    legalize marijuana and tax it...we would be out of the red in no time!
  • by 3rd ID on Aug 4, 2010 at 09:30 AM
    I never lived in a city where the citizens was tax on water that fell from the sky. With the the way the wind blows around here there could possibly be a tax on windstorm on the city officials table for signatures
  • by Tax Payer Location: Springs on Aug 4, 2010 at 09:14 AM
    Should this not be covered with some of the monies collected for the "Road and Bridge" fees that we all pay when renewing our Colorado tags???? The City should STOP asking us for money and find a better way to manage the monies that we have already paid.
  • by MGR on Aug 4, 2010 at 07:53 AM
    As usual, when in doubt, pull out the old "budget card" and use it as an excuse for not repairing what needs repaired. What a pathetic city government we have. Its the same excuse used for lack of road repair, crime prevention, street lights, and the list goes on and on. We all pay taxes and where doe's it go? It lines the pockets of greedy city officials.
  • by Tired of the nonsense on Aug 4, 2010 at 07:06 AM
    Remember voting out the Stormwater fee? Well, there ya go. Be careful what you ask for... I agree with the other poster...take up a collection and pay for the fix.
  • by Pat Location: Fountain on Aug 4, 2010 at 04:22 AM
    Maybe you ought to collect some money to help fix the problem in your neighborhood and city instead of just collecting signatures! Kind of like paying for the cost of a street light...
  • by Problem??? on Aug 4, 2010 at 02:37 AM
    Look, her backyard has a river now. Looks good to me. Cheapest backyard upgrade that she has ever obviously done.
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