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Santa Cruz River: Army Corps Conducting Flood Study

Posted on November 17, 2015

By Brian Wright, Dispatch

The Lower Santa Cruz River has at times brought catastrophic devastation — like the 1983 flood in Maricopa and elsewhere in western Pinal.

A feasibility study is taking place, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District, to determine the best methods for mitigating flood risks in the future. Representatives from the corps were at the Casa Grande City Hall council chambers Monday night for a public hearing on the study.

Kim Gavigan, lead planner for the Army Corps, said the total cost of the study is $3 million, with the federal government kicking in exactly half — $1.5 million — of the funding. Pinal County will provide the other $1.5 million.


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