McGregor wrestles with $44,000 in storm repair costs

By Audrey Posten

The June 22 through 27 storms that brought heavy rains and flash flooding to the area will cost the city of McGregor an estimated $43,794.99, according to City Administrator Lynette Sander.

While the state has made a disaster declaration, President Barack Obama has yet to issue a Presidential Disaster Declaration, which is needed to receive federal Public Assistance Program funding. Sander said it may be several weeks yet until a ruling is reached.

In the meantime, work will continue on a number of storm damage projects. The McGregor Heights Road storm sewer pipe that collapsed has already been replaced, at a cost of nearly $5,800. Work crews have also already spent time repairing shoulders along McGregor Heights Road and Ash Street. Trash racks were cleaned and rock was dozed around the Pikes Peak and Siegel Dams.

Crews began work on Ash Street on July 22, replacing current piping and rip rapping and grading each end. The road was cored out, and asphalt, curbs and gutters were replaced. A five-foot catch basin with storm sewer intake was also installed.

The Ash Street repairs will cost an estimated $23,929.90 and includes mitigation, which the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) describes as preventative action that reduces the risks and consequences of future natural disasters.

As contractors become available, Sander said a section of the main storm sewer channel floor will also be replaced, due to a wash-out behind Fiddler’s Bait Shop. That repair will cost an estimated $5,000.

Additional work will also have to be completed on the main channel storm sewer, as the storm created a sink hole on the back side of the wall. The estimated cost for that repair is yet to be determined.

A sidewalk along C Street, leading to the overlook, is also collapsed, but Sander said that will not be repaired, and guard rail will be installed instead.

This storm damage does not include costs from the May 29 storm that downed trees and power lines throughout the city. Sander said she filed a $6,000 insurance claim for that event, but is still not sure how much the city will be reimbursed.

According to Clayton County Emergency Management Director Joel Biggs, that storm, paired with the June storms, resulted in more than $400,000 in damages throughout the county, not including roughly $127,000 in damages and clean up costs for residents and private businesses.

Biggs said, while a FEMA application for the May event has already been approved, the county is still in the process of submitting an application for the June storms, and should hear back on that in about eight weeks.

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