Fountain Creek flooding continues to cause damage in Pueblo

PUEBLO, Colo. — Heavy rain flowing into Fountain Creek is continuing to cause major destruction around Pueblo.

Thursday morning, county commissioners took a tour of some of the damage.

“We have not seen this kind of flow come down the Fountain since 1999,” County Commissioner Buffie McFadyen said.

Heavy rain is forcing Fountain Creek to run out of control, tearing down any trees, land and structures in its way.

“We have seen people’s property values going from very valuable to almost unsellable due to these flooding problems,” McFadyen said.

Frank and Joan are brother and sister and have lived here their entire lives.

The flooding has caused them to lose around 20 acres of farmland that’s been in their family for three generations, and it’s only getting worse.

“This is the worst I’ve seen it and stuff for how it’s cutting away and everybody losing their property. It’s not only us, it’s everybody from Fountain to the Arkansas and Pueblo,” Frank said.

On top of flooding the land, the creek has also washed out a portion of Overton Road near their home, causing traffic and powerlines to be re-routed.

Now the main concern is building a new road, because it’s a heavily used emergency route and without access, many people could be in trouble.

“If somebody has a medical emergency on that side, it would take us nearly an hour to react to it from Pueblo to get around and come back in from the north,” County Commissioner Terry Hart said.

But the creek washes away another 10 or 15 feet every day, and there’s nothing city officials can do to slow it down.

“You could drop all kinds of rip-rap in there, the very next event comes a couple days later, it’s gone,” Hart said.

“My sister and I, we look at it and we just go, ‘darn and what can we do,’ and stuff like that but hopefully it will be taken care of,” Frank said.

Commissioners said they’re in a wait and see state right now and can’t make many plans until the rain stops.

In the meantime, they’re collecting damage reports from the community and talking with FEMA and state emergency operations about funding options.

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