FEMA awards City nearly $4 million for two flood mitigation projects

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.—The City of Colorado Springs received grant funding totaling nearly $4 million from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for two flood mitigation projects.

Both projects aim to preserve frequently used roadways and important Colorado Springs Utilities infrastructure. The mitigation work facilitates safe roads and uninterrupted utility service during times of heavy storm events. The projects also protect a portion of trail network from erosion and other damage caused by flooding. 

Cottonwood Creek Channel Stabilization Project 

The first grant, for $2.9 million dollars, was awarded for a project to stabilize the banks of Cottonwood Creek upstream of Austin Bluffs Parkway to stop erosion that is widening and cutting into the banks of the creek. The erosion mitigation work will protect Colorado Springs Utilities infrastructure, Woodmen Road, and a pedestrian trail. The project will be designed to protect against a 100-year event. Project design will begin this spring, with construction anticipated to start in the fall of 2021.

  • Total cost of project:                                                $3,975,694
  • FEMA Grant (75% of total project cost):              $2,981,770
  • City Grant Match (25% of total project cost):      $   993,924

Bear Creek Flood Mitigation Project 

The second grant will stabilize a section of Bear Creek downstream of 8th Street to stop erosion of the creek that threatens 8th Street and surrounding utilities. Project design will begin this spring, with construction anticipated to begin in the fall of 2020.

  • Total cost of project:                                                $674,574
  • FEMA Grant (25% of total project cost):              $505,930
  • City Grant Match (25% of total project cost):      $168,644

“These grants help stretch our capital dollars further, allowing us to spend more on long-awaited local community projects,” said Richard Mulledy, Stormwater Enterprise Manager.

The City will fund the 25 percent match for both projects using funds designated through the Inter-Governmental Agreement with Pueblo which can be found at https://coloradosprings.gov/sites/default/files/iga.pdf

Funding for both grants come from the agency’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program. The program helps states, U.S. territories, federally recognized tribes, and local communities complete projects that minimize the threat of future disasters. It also seeks to build community resilience and reduce overall risk to people and structures from future hazard events. This may reduce the need for federal funding in future disasters. 

Learn more about FEMA’s Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program at https://www.fema.gov/pre-disaster-mitigation-grant-program.

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