Drainage Improvement to Reduce
Flooding for some Ahwatukee Residents
PHOENIX (June 13, 2017) – The storm event on September 8, 2014 was one of several downpours that have flooded Ahwatukee properties along South Mountain Preserve. Residents living near South Mandan Street have experienced repeated flooding during storm events. The Flood Control District (FCD) of Maricopa County and City of Phoenix (City) have joined forces to mitigate these concerns for some of the most affected areas and reduce significant flood risk to several others. The FCD Board of Directors has approved a contract that allows project design and construction in the coming months as part of the Ahwatukee Foothills Area Drainage Project.
“We often think of public safety in terms of law enforcement, but flood protection is a public safety issue as well,” said Chairman Denny Barney, District 1, “This partnership with the City of Phoenix means homes and businesses in the Ahwatukee Foothills will be better protected in case of a big storm.”
The design of the project will take approximately four months and is expected to include a floodwall and channel. Construction is anticipated to last 8 months to a year. The project cost is estimated to be $1,000,000 and will be a mix of city and county dollars with the possibility of additional grant funding.
“Implementing flood-control infrastructure projects to prevent localized flooding issues is an important tool to protect our residents from damage,” said Councilwoman Thelda Williams who chairs the Phoenix City Council’s Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “Today’s action by the Flood Control District Board is an important first step, and our partnership with them enables us to further enhance and develop our storm water infrastructure.”
Nationally, 25% of property flood damage occurs in areas outside of FEMA-designated, high-risk floodplains as is the case for these residents. Most homeowner insurance does not cover flooding.
“Flooding is not only dangerous, it can be very expensive,” explained Bill Wiley, FCD Chief Engineer and General Manager. “The Flood Control District welcomes partnerships that help reduce risk to residents.”
For more information on how to reduce your risk, flood insurance and steps you can take to better prepare for storms, visit FCD.Maricopa.gov.
The Flood Control District of Maricopa County helps residents reduce their risk of injury, death, and property damage from flooding, while still enjoying the natural and beneficial features of floodplains. Learn more about the FCD by visiting www.FCD.Maricopa.Gov or call (602) 768-3500.