Supervisor Lee and County Manager Wengert attended the grant ceremony/ground breaking of the Town of Eagar LeSueur Drive Flood Control Measures program on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Chuck McHugh, Assistant Director, ADEM, Keisha Tatem, State Conservationist, NRCS, Vice Mayor Nelson, Town of Eagar, Bill Greenwood, Town Manager of Eagar, were a few of the attendees present at this occasion. Vice Mayor Nelson welcomed the guests and indicated that LeSueur is one of the 4 major watersheds leading into the Town of Eagar which were made worse by the Wallow fire. Apache County is helping to coordinate and provide “seed” funds for detailed engineering studies. Supervisor Lee spoke about how the county has been pro-active with flood control even before the fire. The County recognizes that without federal funds, many of these projects wouldn’t be possible. Supervisor Lee also indicated that the county continues to support the efforts of the communities and thanks all those who helped and will continue to help out in any long-term challenges. Assistant Director Chuck McHugh has a long working relationship with Apache County. ADEM is pleased that Eagar and the County are expending their relationship with ADEM not only in times of emergency, but in pre-planning and mitigation like the LeSueur project.
Town of Eagar Celebrates Flood Control Project Groundbreaking
The End of Emergency Measures and the Beginning of Long-Term Protection
EAGAR, ARIZ. Sept. 22, 2011— The Town of Eagar hosted a groundbreaking ceremony, celebrating the beginning of construction on the LeSueur Flood Control Project on September 22. This project is the culmination of two years of study, design and federal financial participation and is designed to lessen flood hazards to homes and infrastructure.
While the Town of Eagar is excited about the new flood control project funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants, it is also thankful for the emergency measures that were taken in the same area earlier this summer. The drainage area in the vicinity of LeSueur Drive is one of five major watercourses coming off the National Forest into Eagar. In the aftermath of the Wallow Fire, emergency actions had to be taken to protect life and property from accelerated water runoff. Local, county, state and federal agencies joined collaboratively to install emergency measures that succeeded in keeping the community safe. The Town of Eagar recognized Apache County and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for their outstanding work in implementing protection measures funded by the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program.
“It was a great opportunity to work with multiple partners to accomplish a common goal. With the Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Program, NRCS is able to assist customers outside our regular services. We are proud that we were able to help and have enjoyed working with the Town of Eagar and Apache County,” said Keisha Tatem, NRCS State Conservationist.
Also in attendance was Apache County Supervisor John Lee and representatives from Arizona Division of Emergency Management (ADEM) Chuck McHugh and LaMar Brown. Supervisor Lee also thanked the NRCS for their efforts and congratulated the Town of Eagar on all they have done. Chuck McHugh recognized the Town of Eagar for their proactive approach in flood control. As emergency efforts begin to wrap-up, long-term planning takes its place. Learning from what happened in our past is the only way to be better prepared for the future.