Flood issue gains support
Camp Verde Town Manager John Roberts reported to council members at its Oct. 25 meeting that he has been in touch with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding the ongoing Middle Verde flooding problems. He said both the Corps and Yavapai County Flood Control will support the town’s efforts to find solutions for the water problems that are costing residents several thousands of dollars in flood damage.
Camp Verdeans, who live on Middle Verde Road, in the Overlook Acres and El Rancho Subdivisions, the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Housing community and surrounding areas, submitted a petition to the town in late summer demanding relief from continuous water property damage caused by heavy rainfalls. A meeting followed on Aug. 31 between the residents and town and county officials. At the time, Roberts promised the group "We’re here to take responsibility." Since that time, he and other town officials have been in contact with representatives of the property owners on an ongoing basis and are seeking help from various jurisdictions.
In a recent conversation with Town Engineer Dan McGinn, he said the town has sent out RFPs (request for proposals) for a "drainage evaluation of the whole area hoping to get some conceptual designs, prices and priorities established." He said the Corps is willing to assist the town in more detailed work in the future, which he hopes to include some design. He added that Yavapai County Flood Control Department has been supportive of the town with its staff and are "likely going to ask them for financial assistance for the initial study."