U.S. Sen. Mark Udall
visited Williams Canyon Friday to assess the progress on a $5.4 million flood mitigation project, and to tout his record.
Udall, who is running for reelection against Republican Cory Gardner
, was instrumental in getting $65.5 million in Emergency Watershed Protection funds to mitigate the Waldo Canyon and High Park fires in 2012. He also led the push to get federal money following devastating floods statewide in September.
Udall is currently pushing for permanent funding for the EWP fund, so that money will be available immediately for future disasters.
The Williams Canyon watershed is responsible for multiple, destructive floods in Manitou Springs since the Waldo Canyon fire. Working in the area has been tricky, because floods have occurred even as work is underway. Nevertheless, the massive project appears to be chugging along.
Here's what Udall had to say at the event to reporters: