The Sinclair Wash Drainage Improvement Project in Mountain Dell will improve the drainage in the community to accommodate a 100-year flood event. The goal of this project is to decrease the size of the flood-affected area, thereby potentially removing 23 structures and the community’s water system from floodplain designation, which could positively impact insurance rates for these properties. Engineering for the project has been completed and utility relocation work and construction are slated for spring 2020 with completion that summer.
In 2016 the Coconino County Flood Control District (FCD) completed Initial Engineering Assessments (IEAs) in four areas of the County deemed "Special Flood Hazard Areas" by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). An IEA is a tool that the FCD uses to better understand flood risks so that initial, conceptual flood mitigation alternatives can be identified and evaluated.
Based on this IEA information, the FCD Board of Directors approved preliminary engineering and feasibility studies for the conceptual Mountain Dell/Sinclair Wash Drainage Improvement Project.