The city of Mesa and the Flood Control District of Maricopa County are partnering to construct five drainage improvement projects in neighborhoods that were devastated by flooding during the 2014 monsoon, according to a press release.
The city requested the drainage improvements through the district’s Small Project Assistance Program, which contributes construction costs towards projects that are local in nature but pose a safety risk to citizens and property.
“This collaboration between the city of Mesa and the flood control district is a good example of how small projects can have great impacts in our communities,” said Steve Chucri, chairman of the Flood Control District and District 2 supervisor. “Once constructed, these drainage improvements will help protect many of the families that were impacted by the monsoon storms last year.”
Mesa Mayor John Giles and Councilman Christopher Glover agree, according to the release.
“Our community is still recovering from the Sept. 8, 2014, storm (that) overwhelmed our current infrastructure. We are committed to finding solutions to protect our residents from future floods and are thankful that the projects we submitted to the district’s small project program were approved,” Mayor Giles said in the release.
The five approved projects are:
•Second Avenue and Solomon drainage improvements.
•Emerald Acres drainage improvements.
•Royal Palms drainage improvements.
•Ninth Avenue and Horne detention basin.
•10th Avenue and Sirrine improvements.
“We are looking forward to partnering with Mesa to construct these projects,” said Bill Wiley, chief engineer and general manager of the flood control district. “We are pleased that the city submitted these projects and hope that other communities will use the Small Project Assistance Program to help mitigate local flooding issues; small projects can make a big difference.”
Construction for the projects 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, according to the release.
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