KUSA - On Saturday, 100 volunteers will help clean up the Little Thompson River Corridor.
The area around that river was badly damaged in the September 2013 floods, leaving behind silt and hundreds of pounds of debris. This specific area around the river was overcome by 4 feet of silt during the rainstorm.
During the 2013 flood, the river migrated significantly in several areas. The force of the water cut new channels, and the river lost much of its previous ecological function. The floods also caused the destruction of numerous irrigation diversions, roads, embankments, bridges and other infrastructure.
Most of the area to this day is covered by twigs, logs, mud and debris from farms and homes. Farmers along the river are dealing with more than debris. Their farms and equipment took a direct hit which prevented them from harvesting last fall. The force of the floods overturned their tractors and farm equipment and some were even buried under mud.
Volunteers of Colorado has organized Saturday's volunteer event. They've worked with several people in the Little Thompson area to determine the most critical repairs needed at this time.
Volunteers on Saturday will hopefully be able to clear each new river channel. The debris currently sitting in the channels could cause further flooding or downstream damages if a heavy thunderstorm were to hit the area again. By clearing out the debris, volunteers will also help restore water quality in the area for farmers trying to make the most of the summer.
Volunteers will also spend time clearing the area around bridges and roads to allow for crews to come in and rebuild the infrastructure needed.
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