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The Hummingbird House, also known as the Hart Store, near Uptown, cleared a hurdle at Sedona City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when it comes to protecting the landmark from future floods.

Flood Waters inundate the Hummingbird House, also known as the Hart Store, during a monsoon storm Sept. 10, 2009.Council unanimously agreed to forward a request for a historic preservation grant to be used for flood control at the historic landmark. Hummingbird House, built in 1926, is a designated historic landmark in the city of Sedona and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As part of that direction, a grant process will be developed for the preservation of historic properties in Sedona from events, such as severe weather, that compromise or endanger those properties. Current grant applications don’t include a provision for preventive work.

Assistant to the Sedona City Manager Nick Gioello cited numerous incidents in the past three years of flooding at the historic Hummingbird House.

“The property owner came to us with a request to consider funding of a grant to the Historic Preservation Commission, to construct some type of barrier or a flood wall around the store to protect it from flood events,” Gioello said.

For the full story, see the Friday, Nov. 16, edition of the Sedona Red Rock News.

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