FORT COLLINS - This week's spring snowstorm is causing minor flooding around Fort Collins after heavy, wet snow last week caused a roof collapse.
Businesses along Pinon Street off North College Avenue have been struggling for several days with melting snow filling their parking lots and, in some cases, their stores. Wool Hat Furniture co-owner Danelle Britt said she discovered water pouring into the store at 104 Pinon St., last week and had to shut down on Thursday and Friday to deal with it.
On Saturday, she said, she spent half her time helping customers buy handmade furniture made from recycled wood and half her time rolling up her pants and wading around trying to fix the sump pump that was helping keep her year-old store dry. The snow last week collapsed the roof of Discount Tire at 1751 S. College Ave.
The snow that fell Monday night and Tuesday morning made things even worse at Wool Hat.
"It hurts," Britt said Tuesday as she again moved the pump to drain the parking lot of her rented store. "When I'm playing with the water, I don't get to be in the workshop. Most small businesses already have enough to worry about. I'm going to have to start selling fishing licenses."
Over the past several years, Fort Collins has widened that area of North College, adding bike lanes and other amenities, as part of $10 million multi-year project aimed at improving pedestrian, bike and vehicle travel through the area. The project also added gutters and storm drains, said city civil engineer Matt Baker. He said Pinon, a short, flat stretch of dirt road, has long had drainage problems.
"That's the way it's been for a long, long time," Baker said. "Part of the problem is that there's very little fall there."
Baker said the flat road, which lacks storm drains, and heavy spring snows are to blame for the Pinon flooding. He said a city road crew with a grader may be dispatched to the area to see if they can smooth out the bumpy block-long road and improve the drainage.
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