PHOENIX (April 25, 2018) – Good news for some residents that will benefit from a Flood Control District (FCD or District) of Maricopa County program that develops solutions to local flooding hazards. Today, through the Small Project Assistance Program (SPAP), the District Board of Directors approved a flood control project within the City of Glendale. Drainage improvements will take place in District 5 near 83rd and Georgia Avenues. The project will be completed by June 30, 2019.
To mitigate the flooding at 83rd Avenue and Georgia, the basin at 81st Avenue and Colter is being expanded. The project will consist of construction of a new concrete pipe, retention basin and dry wells to increase stormwater capacity. This will help reduce flood risk for 6 residential properties and help prevent roadway or access closures in the area during storms.
“The Small Project Assistance Program provides the important funding assistance necessary to address historic flooding in our neighborhoods,” said Supervisor Steve Gallardo, District 5.
Under SPAP, the District provides the lead municipality with 75 percent of the construction costs, up to $250,000. The municipality is responsible for the remaining funding, as well as, all aspects of design, right-of-way acquisition, utilities relocation, construction management and other logistical work including post-construction maintenance. The District is able to help municipalities with projects that address small-scale flooding that directly affect residential or commercial properties in Maricopa County and can be fixed by a simple solution with minimal administrative delay.
“As Mayor and a resident of this neighborhood, protecting our residents and neighborhoods from flooding is an important priority,” said Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers. “I will continue to advocate for similar improvement projects where needed.”
Since the Small Project Assistance Program was launched in 2009, the District has approved $11.6 million of funding for 54 projects that were submitted and qualified for program funding. Cities that have benefited from the program include Avondale, Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise, Wickenburg, Mesa, Gilbert and Guadalupe.
“One of the goals for the Flood Control District is to reduce the risk of loss of life or property due to stormwater flooding,” explained Michael Fulton, FCD Director. “Through the Small Project Assistance Program, we work with local government partners to develop solutions to local flooding hazards that impact Maricopa County citizens.”
The Flood Control District of Maricopa County reduces risk from flooding so that property damage and loss of life is minimized, economic development is supported in a safe and responsible manner and stormwater is recognized as a resource for the long-term benefit of the community and environment. Learn more at FCD.Maricopa.gov.