Wed, April 08

Flood control moving forward

Camp Verde Town Manager John Roberts will meet with several state and federal officials this week to discuss the flooding problems in the Middle Verde area.

He said the meeting is strictly a technical one for advice and direction, not a public meeting.

Roberts, who promised residents in late summer the town’s help to correct and divert water, said the town is waiting for three things to happen before it can actually do some work in the field.

o An intergovernmental agreement for Middle Verde Road from Yavapai County.

o A permit from the U.S. Forest Service to do work up in the adjacent hills.

o A request for a proposal to do work on a drainage study.

Roberts said residents have furnished the town with a completed map that shows problem areas and have also offered ideas, such as soil-erosion control structures.

Funding sources for diversion measures will be a major obstacle. Roberts hopes to get some clarity on the matter when meeting with the various governmental officials.

Residents of El Rancho, Overlook Acres, Middle Verde Road and the Yavapai-Apache Nation Tribal Housing have experienced ongoing property damage due to heavy rainfalls. There are an estimated 200-400 people who live in the area west of Interstate 17.

Some residents claim a dike in the White Hills that once diverted water either collapsed or was removed. According to one town official, the problem has exacerbated since a storm in September 1999. In August, over 100 residents signed a petition that went to the town demanding help. A meeting then took place Aug. 31 where town and county officials had a chance to hear first hand the problems Middle Verde residents were experiencing. It was at that time that Roberts promised help from the town.

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