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As has been proven several times in the past, Sedona is prone to flooding and the associated devastation.

As a way to mitigate the damage from Mother Nature, the city of Sedona continues to make improvements to its drainage system around town. In keeping pace with these demands, the Sedona City Council approved a contract with Tiffany Construction — which has completed numerous city projects — in the amount of $3.66 million.


Council approved it unanimously during its Aug. 8 meeting. “The city continues to make flood control improvements a priority, and successfully leverages county flood control funds to complete flood control improvement projects,” a city report stated.

These approved projects will include improvements to the Coffee Pot Drainage Basin on Grasshopper Lane and to the Brewer Road/Tlaquepaque area of Soldier Wash, and minor drainage maintenance work.

“These drainage projects include improvements that will reduce flood potential in the project areas of our community,” City Engineer Andy Dickey said later in the week. “The large projects included this year are in the Soldier Wash and Coffee Pot drainage areas. These areas received significant damage in the 2009 flood event. Improvements were programmed for these areas in the 2005 Stormwater Master Plan.”

Construction of the Grasshopper Lane phase of the Coffee Pot Drainage Improvements Project is expected to start in October and be completed in March. Work on the Brewer Road/Tlaquepaque portion — between Portal Lane and Brewer Road — is expected to start in October and finish in February.

Construction of Brewer Road Crossing is expected to start in November and be completed in February. Minor drainage maintenance work will occur throughout the fiscal year.

“These improvements will increase the capacity of the drainage system and reduce the flood potential in these areas,” Dickey said. Drainage projects, like this one, are a necessity according to the Community Plan.

One of the major goals of the plan is to reduce the impacts of flooding and erosion on the community and environment. Key issues cited include addressing the negative effects of flooding, which has resulted in property damage and other impacts, including on habitat and the water quality of Oak Creek.

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