HILDALE – A flood control project including a new detention basin and sand-encased drainage pipe began 27 June 2018. Construction for the project will center near Carling Street and North Canyon Street. Work is contracted to take no more than 65 calendar days.
Hildale City Council approved the bid for $482,911 by Feller Enterprises of St. George, Utah on 6 June 2018. The approved bond will cost Hildale City approximately $30,000 yearly, for the next 20 years.
Hildale Mayor Donia Jessop added:
“I want to give a special ‘thank you’ to the Utah Permanent Impact Fund Board of C.I.B., and their Program Manager, Candace Powers. They granted $350,000 and loaned the remainder of the costs to Hildale City. We wouldn’t be able to do this project without them.”
City leadership made their intentions very clear; the improvements to the flood control system are for the continued safety of citizens. A tragic September 2015 storm made flood control a priority for Hildale administration.
“It is very hard to talk about flood control without getting emotional because of the 14 lives that were lost in the flood three years ago,” said Mayor Jessop. “Hildale is spending nearly 1 million dollars on flood control to ensure that something like that never has to happen again.”
Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona reside in a flood plain, and have a high risk of property damage and potential for loss of life following rainfall. According to the Hildale City Code:
“The areas of special flood hazard [were] identified by the FEMA in a scientific and engineering report entitled, ‘The Flood Insurance Study for Hildale City,’ dated April 4, 2009.”