Scottsdale partners with county on three local flood-control projects

Scottsdale residents and businesses will soon be protected from flooding thanks to a partnership between the City of Scottsdale and the Flood Control District of Maricopa County.

The joint venture will construct three drainage improvement projects in neighborhoods that were flooded during the 2014 monsoon.

The city requested the drainage improvements through the district’s Small Project Assistance Program, which contributes construction costs toward projects that are local in nature but pose a safety risk to citizens and property.

“This collaboration between the City of Scottsdale and the Flood Control District is a good example of how small projects can make a big difference in our communities,” Chairman of the Flood Control District and District 2 Supervisor Steve Chucri said.

“Once constructed, these drainage improvements will help protect residents and businesses that were impacted by the monsoon storms last year.”

City of Scottsdale Mayor W.J. “Jim” Lane feels the projects will provide increased flood protection for the Scottsdale community in the event of another severe storm.

“Scottsdale appreciates our partnership with the Flood Control District of Maricopa County,” Mayor Lane said. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our neighborhoods, and these projects will help improve neighborhood safety by protecting our residents from potentially devastating floods.”

The three approved projects are:

* 67th Street to 68th Street Storm Drain Improvements
* 8525 E. Pinnacle Peak Road Drainage Improvements
* 3rd Avenue and Craftsman Court Drainage Improvements

“We appreciate our partnership with Scottsdale on these drainage improvements,” chief engineer and general manager of the Flood Control District Bill Wiley said.

“We hope that other communities will consider our Small Project Assistance Program to help mitigate local flooding issues. These small projects can play a vital role in keeping residents safe.”

Construction is expected to begin in 2016. For more information about the district’s Small Project Assistance Program, call the Flood Control District at 602-506-1501.

The Flood Control District of Maricopa County serves county residents to reduce their risk of injury, death, and property damage from flooding, while still enjoying the natural and beneficial values served by floodplains.

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