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Published On: Sat, Feb 16th, 2013

Flooding problems in one neighborhood sees new hope

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KAYENTA – Residences describe the Wetherill neighborhood as a flooding problem, especially when it rains. Now, the local township is taking action.

“Community members will no longer have to travel along bumpy or make-shift roads. They won’t have to worry about water shedding into their home-sites or about mud build-up. This will also allow ease of access for safety vehicles,” explained department Manager Gabriel Yazzie for the the Kayenta Township.

Every time it would rain, residence say their yards would get flooded and conditions would be bad and muddy.

The Kayenta Township set aside funds to fix the flooding problem. It plans to use $1.6 million for improving the flow water and getting the new drainage system in place.

The Township Construction and Developments Department, says the project was the result of concerns expressed from the community.

When it rained, the township would take matters into their own hands and set up barricades to redirect the water. However, the water would be directed into other home-sites, so that is when the Township decided to bring in the help of an engineer and a contractor.

A fly over will be needed, says Yazzie to determine what the geographical location looks like and to determine where to redirect the water to other basins and rain beds. The Township said, the money being used to fix this flooding problem all came from local tax dollars.

Companies from both Coe & Van Loo Consultants Inc. and contractors from BITCO-Kitchell of Albuquerque, N.M. will leading the project for the township.

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Flooding problems in one neighborhood sees new hope