Maricopa County and Phoenix Celebrate the Opening of Flood Basin
Project completed a year early to protect South Phoenix neighborhoods
Maricopa County Supervisor Steve Gallardo joined City of Phoenix officials for an unveiling of a massive flood control basin constructed at 27th and South Mountain Avenues. The structure will catch and hold water during large rain events like the one neighbors experienced in 2014.
“We pushed this project to the top of the list to make sure these neighborhoods have a higher level of protection,” said Supervisor Gallardo, District 5. “It took a lot of work but the city and my fellow board members recognized the need after those storms. We will keep working to prevent flooding in this area.”
The Flood Control District of Maricopa County funded 70 percent of the project which cost $4.5 million. It continues to work with Phoenix on future projects and there is a public meeting planned for March, 2017 to present results of a master planning study. The total amount spent in the Laveen/South Phoenix area to date on transportation and flood areas is approximately $75 million.
The new basin took 11 months to build and will be maintained by the City of Phoenix Street Transportation Department. Trucks removed hundreds of loads from the 36 acre parcel. That dirt was stockpiled so it can be used on the South Mountain Freeway project.
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