The erosion in Fountain Creek is threatening the existence of Brett Taylor’s painting and stain business. Located along Southmoor Drive, the business is at risk of collapsing into the creek due to the intense flows. The road in this area was closed four years ago due to the threat posed by erosion.
The issue with Southmoor Drive is that it is situated on a bluff above the creek, and the sharp bend in the creek exacerbates erosion during heavy flows. This has led to the loss of part of Taylor’s parking lot and the building being only a few feet from collapsing over the bluff.
Downstream, another community has faced similar problems – the Riverside Mobile Home Park had to close in 2017 due to erosion. However, repairing and reopening this section of road lies with the city of Fountain, which cannot take action until determined by the Fountain Creek Watershed District. This solution could be costly and may not work in the long term.
The erosion is also affecting supports for a bridge at the south end of Fountain. City officials have begun discussions with Colorado Department of Transportation about replacing that bridge.
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