Emergency Declared Following Flooding in Timberline Area

Coconino County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Lena Fowler has signed a declaration of emergency in response to the damaging flooding in the Schultz flood area Sept. 13, 2011.
 
More than 1 inch of rain within 15 minutes was recorded in gauges around Timberline, Hutchison Acres and Wupatki Trails Tuesday causing damage to Campbell Avenue, Brandis Way, Copeland Lane and several other neighborhood roads.
 
The flood waters also caused damage to the ditch that runs adjacent to Campbell Avenue, which had recently been reconstructed at a cost of more than $800,000 in an effort to mitigate flood damage.
 
The original design for the Campbell ditch submitted to and approved by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) included a concrete lining on the bottom of the ditch to hold gabion baskets in place while preventing erosion. However, the County was precluded from installing the concrete lining due to an administrative decision by the Army Corps of Engineers.
 
In order to preserve funding from FEMA for the stabilization project, the County moved forward in stabilizing the ditch with gabion baskets without the concrete lining while working with the Army Corps to obtain approval for the concrete lining. The County received approval from the Army Corps Sept. 9, 2011 and began mobilizing the contractor to perform the work before the rain event Sept. 13.
 
“Our Public Works crews have responded to at least 14 rain events this year, and the flooding that occurred on Sept. 13 was the worst so far,” Fowler said. “The reconstruction of the ditch was a major component of our flood mitigation efforts, and that needs to be operating at full strength.”
 
The declaration of emergency is the first step in requesting financial help from state and federal authorities.
 
The declaration also specifies the need for residents of the flood-stricken area to be prepared for ongoing emergencies by having a go-kit ready, with emergency supplies to last 72 hours, and a family communication plan.
 
For more information on emergency preparedness, go to the Emergency Management page at coconino.az.gov and click on the Ready Coconino icon.

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