National Guard Builds Center to Stop Flooding
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- When it rains in Grand Junction, it pours, at least sometimes. Now, the Colorado Army National Guard is doing something about it.
After years of planning and many floods, the National Guard's 947th Engineer Company is helping to build a stormwater detention facility.
"It's what our engineers do, whether it's here, stateside, or whether they're deployed, so it's just a great opportunity," said Maj. Gen. Michael Edwards, Adjutant General for the Colorado National Guard.
The dam will be 27 feet in height, holding around 250 acre-feet of water near the Grand Junction Regional Airport. "The storms we have are short, but they're high intensity storms, so they release a lot of
water over a short period of time," said Tim Moore, public works and planning director with the city.
The primary focus is to prevent flooding along Leach Creek, which starts north of the airport and runs through town until reaching the Colorado River near Redlands Parkway.
Grand Junction's mayor is all too aware of the potential threat. He's lived off of Leach Creek for over 40 years. "The water has gone over 26 and H roads; I've seen a lot of damage Leach Creek's done," said Bill Pitts, the mayor of Grand Junction.
The project also gives soldiers an opportunity to conduct critical individual and collective training through the Innovative Readiness Training program. "I always tell people that this is your National Guard, they're citizen soldiers. They're a part of your community and to me it's America's hometown military, so we're very proud of them and
we hope the community is very proud of them also," said Edwards.
The project is expected to finish up in May 2013.
Officials say the funding will be kept to a minimum thanks to our soldiers.