Sedona AZ (April 26, 2016) – The city of Sedona begins the fifth year of its Pre-Monsoon Program, in which city Public Works Department staff will inspect public and private drainage ways in various residential and commercial areas of Sedona from April 2016 through June 2016. The inspections identify debris, dirt, trash, and vegetation in drainage ways that could block the flow of stormwater or that could be carried downstream during a monsoon storm. If the debris is in public right of way, the city’s Public Works Department staff will remove it, and if the debris is on private property, the property owner will be notified that it will need to be removed.
Property owners are also encouraged to contact the city of Sedona if they have concerns or questions related to washes or drainage areas on their private property.
Debris that is moved downstream may clog culverts and bridge underpasses resulting in additional flooding, beyond what might have occurred if drainage ways weren’t blocked. Also, because waterways in Sedona flow to Oak Creek, the debris in channels and washes contribute to the pollution of Oak Creek.
“The Pre-Monsoon Program helps get out in front of potential problem areas that could create flooding during the monsoons. Our goal is to make Sedona’s drainage system as safe as possible for residents,” said David Peck, city of Sedona associate engineer.
In conjunction with the Pre-Monsoon Program, the city will sponsor a debris collection event, free to Sedona residents, Monday, June 6, 2016 through Thursday, June 9, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents may bring yard waste, including any debris that could block stormwater drainage areas to the City Maintenance Yard, located at 2070 Contractors Road. More information on this event can be found on the city’s website at www.SedonaAZ.gov, under the Latest News section.
For more information on the 2016 Pre-Monsoon Program, contact Peck at 928-204-7108.