Thursday, June 13, 2019

Geologic survey of city's southwest side finished

Posted By on Thu, Jun 13, 2019 at 12:33 PM

click to enlarge This map shows the areas of Colorado Springs that are said to be susceptible to landslides. - COLORADO GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
  • Colorado Geological Survey
  • This map shows the areas of Colorado Springs that are said to be susceptible to landslides.

City staff has briefed developers, real estate agents and engineers on a geological hazard study of the city’s southwest side where numerous homes crumbled after heavy rains in 2015 caused soil subsidence.

Called the most comprehensive of its type here, the study was requested by the Colorado Geologic Survey and included geotechnical borings and installation of monitoring equipment. The city shared the study’s cost of $536,600 with city-owned Colorado Springs Utilities.

The 2015 rains reactivated several landslide areas in the Cheyenne Mountain Landslide Complex. Some homeowners whose homes were damaged in the landslides have applied for buyouts funded by grants to the city from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new study — intended for use by engineers to guide development and building decisions — will be available on the city website at coloradosprings.gov

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