CEDAR CREEK, Ariz. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Los Angeles District dispatched personnel and resources Aug. 14 to assist the White Mountain Apache community with its limited flood risk minimization measures.
Anne Hutton, the District's chief of Emergency Management explained that the project was made possible through a provision of PL 84-99 that allows the Corps to provide technical and direct assistance in advance of a flood event when we can show an imminent threat of unusual flooding.
"A series of four storm-related floods June 28 - 29, July 2 and Aug. 11 - with debris flows from the burned watershed upstream - prompted a release of emergency funding for flood fighting measures," said Hutton.
The Cedar Creek Fire burned approximately 46,000 acres of the Fort Apace Reservation between June 17 and July 2.
"Because of the greater than average fire-related flood risk this storm season, the Corps has identified that risk reduction measures are most needed for the lower stream-bank areas of Cedar Creek," added Hutton.
Flood fighting measures will include strategic installation of approximately 1.5 miles of temporary protective barriers along the Cedar Creek.
The Corps provides engineering services to respond to national and natural disasters to minimize damages and help in recovery efforts.