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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Completion of Major Flood Reduction Project Held Sept. 20


Bernalillo County, the Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of an important piece of the Southwest Valley Flood Damage Reduction Project.

This most recently completed project phase built a detention pond and underground infrastructure consisting of drainage pipes and connections that move flood waters to the Rio Grande. This project serves as the South Valley’s storm drainage backbone. Other future flood reduction projects will eventually connect to this one.

“By partnering with AMAFCA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers we were able to accomplish a significant feat,” says Commission Chair Art De La Cruz. “We have built the infrastructure that will begin to reduce the size of the South Valley flood zones for its residents and property owners.”

The goal of the Southwest Valley Flood Damage Reduction Project is to control and reduce flooding and move as many residents as possible out of the flood zone.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony took place on Tuesday morning at AMAFCA’s newly-constructed flood detention pond, located just south of the Arenal and Tapia Roads SW intersection.

With a total cost of almost $23 million, the project consisted of two phases that included the feasibility study, planning, environmental assessments, design, acquisition of right-of-way and six years of actual construction.

“AMAFCA will continue to invest in flood control so future generations will have the maximum level of protection from the effects of flooding through fiscally responsible flood control actions and multi-use facilities that complement and enhance the beauty of our county,” says Deborah Stover, AMAFCA director.

The outwardly visual components of the project are the flood detention pond and island, the outfall drainage pipes, and the habitats for wildlife. There is also a walking trail around the perimeter of the flood detention pond.

"This has been a significant project for the Corps for many years, and we are proud to celebrate its completion with our sponsors and partners," says Lieutenant Colonel James L. Booth, Commander, US Army Corps of Engineers, Albuquerque District.

Bernalillo County, AMAFCA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers partnered in 1999 by entering into an agreement that began this monumental effort to reduce the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mapped flood zones of major portions of the valley floor.

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