Posted: Jul 11, 2013 By: Hunter Moore
HOLBROOK, AZ —Navajo County received some excellent news regarding federal funding for the Little Colorado River Feasibility Study in Winslow, AZ. The Army Corps of Engineers has announced its Work Plans for FY2013-2014, and it includes $499,000 for the Winslow Levee Feasibility Study. The work taking place on the project has provided a significant benefit to the Winslow community thus far, and the support for the project has come from a variety of areas, including Capitol Hill.
“Navajo County would like to recognize and thank Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for her continued support of this project,” said Navajo County Vice-Chairman Jesse Thompson. “Congresswoman Kirkpatrick has played a key role in obtaining federal funds throughout the projects life, and her support this year will allow the study to continue and be completed in 2014.
In 2008 nearly three quarters of the residents in the Winslow area, along with all of the City’s critical facilities, were put in a FEMA designated floodplain with the decertification of the Winslow Levee. Navajo County, in partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Winslow, have been working on a Feasibility Study to develop a plan for mitigating the risk of flooding from the Little Colorado River in Winslow, and to remove the floodplain designation.
In a June 26, 2013 press release from Congresswoman Kirkpatrick she said, "In our small towns and rural regions, infrastructure means progress and economic development. In Winslow's case, it also means protecting this community from a disaster instead of leaving it vulnerable. This feasibility study is an important step toward rehabilitating and recertifying the Winslow Levee.”
"Work on the Winslow Levee Feasibility Study will now be able to move ahead to the next phase with the recent federal funding," said Vice-Chairman Thompson, who represents constituents in District II where the levee is located. “I think we all feel that there is an urgency to complete the feasibility study and I want to thank to our partners at the Army Corps, and Congresswoman Kirkpatrick for their work in helping with this appropriation. We need to complete the feasibility study by 2014 so that we can move forward to rebuild a robust levee."
Navajo County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jonathan Nez, who has also been a strong supporter of the effort said, “Our first priority in Navajo County is public safety.
We satisfy that responsibility through our Sheriff's office and through our Public Works department every day, and we are very thankful that our federal counterparts recognize the need for this project to preserve and protect our community. We are looking forward to the completion of this project. It cannot get here fast enough.”