Why millions in federal funds are headed to northern Arizona

Rain water rushes down the landscape between houses in the Timberline neighborhood in Flagstaff on Aug. 15, 2022. A flash flood warning was issued in the area by the National Weather Service.

Coconino County and nearby tribal lands are set to receive millions of dollars from the $1.7 trillion Omnibus Appropriations Bill that President Joe Biden signed just before the new year.

The legislation includes $925 million for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Emergency Watershed Program, which includes two projects within the Coconino County Flood Control District, totaling $50 million. The projects will provide flood mitigation in six neighborhoods within the Schultz/Pipeline Flood Area.

The county will need to accept these grants and will have to further allocate $12.5 million in local funds to match. The Flood Control District Board is now working to determine where those funds will come from before the end of the month.

“Right now, we’re advocating for them to release the funds as quickly as possible,” said Lucinda Andreani, Coconino County’s flood control district administrator.

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