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Pima County protects areas near Bighorn Fire from flooding – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona 2022-05-23 11:46:07 –

Tucson, Arizona (KGUN) —Can occur in minutes. Floods often continue as the monsoon passes through southern Arizona.

“Because we are surrounded by mountains, the threat of flash floods is a reality in Pima County,” said Joseph Kafari, Pima County Regional Flood Control District Program Manager.

The threat is even greater in parts of Pima County affected by wildfires.

“When we experience such unstable and vigorous fire behavior, it can basically turn the area into a lunar landscape. That is, nothing remains. No vegetation. Trees. No. The fire burned down to its mineral soil. There is nothing to stop the rain from pouring down the hillside, as we see during the monsoon season when it gets fierce, “said the Arizona Forest Fire Administration. Tiffany Davila said.

The Pima wash It can be a big blow as a result of the Bighorn Fire. In case of flood Pima County Regional Flood Management District We anticipate potential losses of up to $ 6 million.

“What we were concerned about, and what our model showed, would be that if the trees and vegetation were dammed, the banks of the Pima Wash would be significantly crossed,” Kafari said. rice field.

In May 2021, the crew set about work.

“We installed berms of 5 to 10 feet to improve channel capacity and contain water in the event of an overflow,” says Cuffari.

Precipitates were also removed from the bottom of the wash to facilitate proper water flow. This project was funded by a federal grant for Bighorn Fire.

“Pima County is a national leader in floodplain management. We are one of the most highly rated communities in the country. We are in the top 1%,” says Cuffair.

It won’t be long before the county’s efforts are finally tested.

“We are waiting to see how this monsoon season will help our improvements in the region,” Cuffari said.
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