Arizona County Fears It Could Go With the Flow If Dams Break

Williamson, Richard
April 2003
Bond Buyer;4/3/2003, Vol. 344 Issue 31607, p32
Trade Publication
As drought continues to lower water levels in Arizona's reservoirs as of April 3, 2003, the threat of flooding in Maricopa County's dry streambeds seems remote. But with 13 dams in need of repair, the Phoenix area's protection against such a problem is rapidly eroding, officials at the Maricopa County Flood Control District say.To fortify the dams, the district needs to invest $224 million, according to current estimates. Lacking the resources for a major bond issue, the district is asking the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to repair the dams, which were originally built with federal funds — some during the Great Depression to protect the fields of cotton farmers from potential floods.


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