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<br /> <br />DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY <br />CORPS OF ENGINEERS'll OMAHA DISTRICT <br />106 SOUTH 15 H STREET <br />OMAHA NE 68102-1618 <br /> <br />AECfIEBVfD <br /> <br />Il .) I, <br />n'I;1 11 200B <br /> <br />t]OrOJrldo Water Conservation 80ara <br /> <br />October 30,2007 <br /> <br />Readiness Branch (500-1~1, 910-140) <br /> <br />City Clerk (Jena) <br />304 Central Avenue <br />Wiggins, Colorado 80654 <br /> <br />Dear City Clerk: <br /> <br />The Wiggins, Colorado (COMORG0001) Kiowa Creek Flood Risk Project (FRP) was inspected <br />on 11 September 2007. A copy of the Inspection Report is enclosed. The finding from this inspection <br />concludes that the project is rated as "Minimally Acceptable". Projects receiving this rating remain <br />eligible for assistance under the Public Law 84-99 program. The deficiencies noted were as follows <br />(reference report & photos for approximate locations and further discussion): <br /> <br />1. Encroachments <br />2. Erosion/Bank Caving <br />3, Animal Control <br />4, Culverts/Discharge Pipes <br /> <br />One of the areas of the levee where soil cement was used for the slopes (approximately Station <br />10+00 to 20+00) has deteriorated so badly that it could fail in the next high wCllter event. Deep <br />rutsferosion of the slope is on-going. This area was identified in the 2005 Inspection Report. In a letter <br />dated 26 April 2005 from the city of Wiggins it stated that this deficiency was ~,oing to be corrected, This <br />deficiency must be corrected by next inspection, or the FRP will have to be made "Inactive" in the PL 84- <br />99 Program. <br /> <br />Another inspection item that needs attention is to establish an Animal Control Plan for the animal <br />holes and the ant hills that are taking over parts of the FRP, Animal control is an on-going problem with <br />some FRP, and must be managed. <br /> <br />As the public sponsor, you must submit a plan to correct the deficiencies noted in the report to the <br />Corps within 30 days of receipt of this letter. Your next biennial inspection for this flood control project is <br />scheduled for 2009. <br /> <br />Please take time to read the new inspection report as its format and rcltings have changed this <br />year. Please call if you have any questions. Depending on the different components comprised in the <br />FRP (levees, channels, drainage systems, pumping stations), it can be considerably longer and more <br />detailed, Inspection Items are now called Individual Item/Components (IIC), The Project Condition is <br />now called the System Rating. IIC can be rated "Unacceptable", but the overall FRP's System Rating can <br />still be rated as "Minimally Acceptable". The time period for fixing a I/C deficiency has been extended to 2 <br />years, if the sponsor can justify the needed time, otherwise allllC deficiencies must be corrected by the <br />next inspection. Another requirement of the sponsor is to confirm the condition of all pipes in the FRP by <br />using television camera video taping or visual inspection methods every 5 years. A report should be on <br />hand and made available to the inspector for each pipe during inspections. LeISt/y, depending on the <br />overall System Rating, a copy of the inspection report will be shared with other agencies such as your <br />county and state emergency management offices, FEMA and to the Congressional delegation, so that <br />those agencies involved in flooding response are all aware of your FRP's statlls in the Public Law (PL) <br />84-99 Program, <br /> <br />Since Hurricane Katrina, the U.S, Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and other agencies have <br />been reviewing their policies concerning inspections of FRPs, Vegetation within 15 feet of a levee toe or <br />within 50 feet of a dam embankment will not be allowed unless the project's Right-of-Way does not <br />extend that far. All deficiencies:noted on the report must be corrected within a year unless a 2 year <br />