City Of Grand Junction Dealing With Possible Flood Problems

Monday night, Grand Junction city officials met with property owners about how they are trying to fix a problem, a large scale project that will take years to complete and will cost $7.4 million.

Officials held a meeting to explain how this problem was overlooked and how they will fix it, to the existing Ranchmen's Ditch which runs along Patterson Road. Engineers discovered a mistake in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's maps that were drawn up in the late 1980's that underestimated the flood plain area by three times.

The actual flood region included 400 more structures than were originally mapped. The city is suggesting that people who are now in the flood region purchase flood insurance while the project gets underway. The area affected the most is along Patterson Road, from 1st Street to the Mesa Mall.

The project will start in November near the airport. The second phase of the project will involve putting three large pipes underneath an area near the Mesa Mall. That will begin next January and continue through June. Finally, the third part of the project will improve the storm drain system from 1st Street to the mall.

The city's budget for 2005 does include $5.4 million for the project, which was the original estimate. The city has applied for a $3 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to pay for the rest of the project.

The city will know if they get that grant sometime between May and August, since they will be up against grant applications from all 50 states.

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