Manitou Springs Williams Canyon Project
The City of Manitou Springs is dramatically situated at the base of Pikes Peak. Following the 2012 Waldo Canyon wildfire, flooding and flows of rock and sediment debris caused heavy damage in the community as a result of increased runoff generated from the heavily burned Williams Canyon watershed. Following a severe, damaging flood in 2013, Wright Water Engineers was contracted by the City of Manitou Springs to work with the community to identify and design projects to address the problem.
Phase 1 of the Williams Canyon project involved removing two heavily damaged homes, reconstructing and increasing the capacity of approximately 1,000 feet of heavily damaged channel, installing steel debris nets to capture rock and other debris, constructing a debris collection basin and rebuilding a damaged roadway that provides access to several residences.
Phase 2 involved expanding and improving an additional 450 feet of undersized and heavily damaged channel located in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Two additional heavily damaged homes were removed as part of Phase 2 and multiple utility lines were relocated to make room for the expanded channel.
WWE engineers Ian Paton and Hayes Lenhart enjoyed the opportunity to work closely with City Administrator Jason Wells and Flood Recovery Manager Shelley Cobau, along with contractor Perco Rock Company, on this important project for the community.