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KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Flood Worries This Spring, Second of Two Reports
(2008-04-01)
(ksut) - 04.01.08.FloodWorriesPart2

HOST LEAD: As precipitation and warm weather remain in the forecast for this week, local officials are giving heed about flooding in the area.
However some residents of the Vallecito and Forest Lakes area differ on their concerns of flooding this spring.

KSUT's Sarah Baumgartner reports.

RUNNING WATER
SARAH: In many of the snow packed ditches along County Road 501 up to the Vallecito Reservoir there's either rapidly flowing or standing water in them.
And with a hearty dumping of snow this winter and spring weather just around the corner, local officials say ditches like these have the potential to over flow.
I was able to sit down with Jerry McCoy, a 25-year resident of the Vallecito area.
He remembers the disastrous floods in October of 2006 at Vallecito, but after living in the area for so many years, he's says not overly concerned about flooding this spring.
JERRY McCOY: OUR FLOODS ARE TYPICALLY IN THE MONSOON SEASON, IN THE FALL RATHER THAN THE RUNOFF SEASON IN THE SPRING. THE RUNOFF IN THE SPRING IT USUALLY COMES UP SLOWLY, GETS CLOSER AND CLOSER TO THE BANKS AND THEN STARTS RECEDING. AND THERE'S ALWAYS A THREAT OF HEAVY RAIN ON SNOW AND THAT COULD CAUSE BIG PROBLEM AROUND HERE. BUT AGAIN I SAY TYPICALLY WE HAVE OUR BIG FLOODS IN THE FALL.
But in near by Forest Lakes, I spoke to a few residents who feel differently.
CHERI MILO: ALL THE LITTLE CREEKS, THERE WERE TINY LITTLE CREEKS AT THAT TIME BECAME FLOODED AND THEY WERE WORRIED ABOUT HOUSES JUST WASHING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN.
Cheri Milo also remembers and experienced the flood in 2006.
Milo worked first hand and gave aid to those in need during that particular flood and because of Milo's involvement then, she's prepared if the weather turns for the worse now.
MILO: WHAT I HAVE LEARNED FROM WORKING WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT AND BEING A RED CROSS VOLUNTEER IS THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE A COPY OF ALL YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERS THAT SOMEBODY IS HOLDING SHOULD HAVE MAYBE LIKE A SAFE WHERE IT'S FIRE PRETECTANT UP TO A CERTAIN DEGREE SO ALL YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERS ARE THERE. BUT SOMEBODY ELSE NEEDS TO HAVE A COPY OF ALL YOUR IMPORTANT PAPERS. BUT IF THIS WHOLE AREA WOULD BE FLOODED WHICH THERE'S NO WAY THAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN, HALF THE SNOW IN THIS AREA IS ALREADY MELTED. BUT UP ABOVE US IT COULD MELT VERY QUICKLY IF IT GOT REALLY REALLY WARM AND IT STARTED TO RAIN.
WATER RUNNING AND NANCY TALKING ABOUT IT
A block or so up from Milo's house on the muddy roads of Forest Lakes, I stopped at the home of Nancy and Ed Knox.
In their water filled driveway I was met not by the Knoxs', but by their insurance agent.
Nancy says they filed an insurance claim because the snow, ice and runoff have caused damage to their home.
NANCY KNOX: OUR CONCERNS ARE JUST THE FLOODING IN THE BASEMENT AT THIS POINT. AND THEN ALSO THAT THE ICE THAT BUILT UP AGAINST THE CHIMINEY HAS PULLED CHIMINEY AWAY FROM THE SIDE OF THE HOUSE. SO WE HAVE TO HAVE THAT CHECKED OUT.
But her husband Ed thinks that after close to 13 years of living in Forest Lakes things could be worse.
ED KNOX: I DON'T THINK WE'RE IN REALLY BAD SHAPE ALTHOUGH THIS IS FIRST YEAR WE'VE HAD ANY REAL SUBSTANTIAL PROBLEMS WITH THE HOUSE.
Ed is working on preventing further damages from the runoff to both his driveway and the road he lives on.
ED KNOX: I HAVE SOME SANDBAGS ON MY DRIVEWAY RIGHT NOW JUST TO DIVERT THE WATER SO IT'S NOT GOING DOWN THE MIDDLE OF THE DRIVEWAY I'M TRYING TO KEEP IT OFF THE ROAD SO I DON'T WASH OUT THE ROAD. AND THAT'S WORKED OUT PRETTY WELL. I'M TRYING TO MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER SO PEOPLE DON'T HAVE TO DRIVE THROUGH THE MUD. IF THEY DRIVE THROUGH IT, IT JUST DETERIORATES THE ROAD ANYWAY.
While Milo's taking almost every precaution,
MILO: I'M READY. I WAS TAUGHT TO BE READY.
McCoy is saving his weather jitters for a later date.
MCCOY: MY FLOOD NERVOUSNESS I'M GOING TO SAVE FOR THE FALL.

From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Sarah Baumgartner.
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