Floodplain administration: Tusayan enters agreement with county flood control district

Tusayan, Arizona. / Photo courtesy of South Rim Chamber of Commerce / Grand Canyon News


Town ordered to restore Ten X development area to original water storage capacity, install flood control measures

By Erin Ford | Grand Canyon Independent

The town of Tusayan voted to enter an agreement with the Coconino County Flood Control District Feb. 4 to begin the process of obtaining a floodplain permit. The plan was approved by the Coconino County Board of Supervisors at its Jan. 29 meeting.

The agreement in the form of a court order lays out several key requirements for the town to complete in order to obtain the permit, and states that insufficient data was provided to the district to properly evaluate the effect of the development work within the floodplain, and that it could pose a potential safety risk.

The agreement requires the town to design flood mitigation measures to restore water conveyance and storage that existed on the property prior to construction work completed at the site. The proposed design must include a map of the work areas, channel and basin details, typical details and hydrologic and hydraulic calculations of potential floods. That information will be provided from studies commissioned by the town, and should be available in the coming weeks, according to Tusayan Mayor Craig Sanderson


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