FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Flagstaff's mayor is hailing the federal government's commitment of $52 million for a major flood control project planned for the northern Arizona city.
Mayor Coral Evans says the Army Corps of Engineers' inclusion of the planned spending in its work plan for the current federal fiscal year enables work on the Rio de Flag project to begin in earnest. Evans says the system's water drainage, diversion and detention facilities will protect Flagstaff from potentially catastrophic effects of flooding from storm runoff and allow economic development of currently threatened areas.
Evans thanks multiple members of the state's congressional delegation for their support for the project. The project includes a system of channels and a flood wall..