Sedona AZ (May 23, 2019) – The city is beginning the eighth year of its Pre-Monsoon program, in which Public Works Department staff members inspect public and private drainage ways in residential and commercial areas. The inspections, conducted from May through June, identify debris, dirt, trash and vegetation in drainage ways that could block the flow of storm water or be carried downstream during a monsoon storm. Debris that is moved downstream can clog culverts and bridge underpasses resulting in additional flooding beyond what might have otherwise occurred in clear drainage ways. Because waterways in Sedona flow to Oak Creek, debris in channels and washes contributes to the pollution of Oak Creek.
The city has mailed request forms to selected property owners, but all property owners are encouraged to contact the city with concerns or questions related to washes or drainage areas on their property. If debris is in public right of way, city staff members will remove it; if debris is on private property, the property owner will be notified that it must be removed.
For more information contact Assistant Engineer Michael Righi at 928-203-5088 or firstname.lastname@example.org.