Sedona AZ (October 16, 2015) – Sedona Mayor and Members of the City Council, as you are probably aware, flooding in Sedona generally originates from two sources: (1) Summer monsoons; (2) Spring flooding resulting from El Nino conditions.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to view the two web links included here, time permitting you might find them of interest.
The first is a more recent flood occurrence with which most if not all of you might be familiar. It’s a video of the 9/10/2009 flood at Tlaquepaque resulting from a summer monsoon. Of course methods have since been implemented to hopefully mitigate damage from a similar occurrence but such a storm hasn’t yet materialized to actually test the effectiveness of the improvements.
The second link includes an article written by Sedona resident Steve DeVol, an eye witness to a 1993 flood. He was, at the time, a Sedona resident living off of Brewer Road at Trails End. Also during that storm a former Sedona Councilman, Charlie Crick and his family lived at that location. A Red Rock News front page article and photo depicted Charlie wading through waste-high water in Oak Creek, rescuing his mother-in-law, Dottie Balch, in the middle of the night, who together with her husband also resided along Oak Creek at Sycamore Cove, a former mobile home park now occupied by Los Abrigados. (photo and article not included here) Most likely Mayor Sandy will recall both of these incidents.
Recent predictions suggest El Nino conditions are likely, quite possibly the most potent in 50 years. This could produce record amounts of snow in Flagstaff. If, as has occurred in the past, warm spring rains cause a rapid thaw of all that snow, Oak Creek will be subjected to severe flooding such as occurred in 1993. A similar condition existed in 1978 at which time the low water crossing at Red Rock Crossing was washed out which was never restored. Of course it’s also possible flooding conditions will not materialize and we will be spared . . . this time.
Completely understanding the diligence and dedication with which the Community Plan Revision Task Force performed their job, it does remain a bit perplexing that with seasoned Sedona residents such as Mike Bower, Tom Sather, and Jim Eaton on that committee, none advised the other members on the task force of the potential hazards in conjunction with high density use – Community Focus Areas, at both Brewer Road and Schnebly Hill Road. And presently the expansion of Tlaquepaque North is under way.
It was with good reason the City Council approximately four years ago voted to rescind the idea of a creek walk and park in the exact area where severe flooding has occurred in the past, at both locations – Brewer Road and Schnebly Hill Road. Oak Creek has also changed course, in one instance causing flood waters to ravage homes and property in Copper Cliffs.
Understanding the enthusiasm with which two members of the Community Plan Task Force, now seated on the City Council, are aggressively pursuing implementation of the revised plan which spans a period of the next ten years, it raises the question of: “What’s the hurry?” That plan is not law. It is a set of guidelines. No more. Is it really prudent to pursue it to the extent major issues, and all of you know what they are – traffic number one and lack of a Master Drainage/Flood Control Plan, to mention a couple, continue to be kicked to the curb in favor of promoting expensive ideals, as approved by a very small voter turnout? And at what overall cost to incorporated Sedona in general?
Isn’t really the only justification for aggressive pursuit of adding to congestion to what is already a bottle neck in that area if you aren’t aware or haven’t been offered first hand evidence of potential serious consequences? Factual proof is herewith offered in the two web links.
In the event you choose to continue to ignore or avoid inadequacies of Sedona’s infrastructure prior to pursuing projects that will primarily serve to exacerbate the difficulties, will you be willing to take responsibility for negative end results? This, of course, also applies to encouraging premature implementation of gathering places throughout the entire city without benefit of mitigating and/or finding viable solutions to existing traffic problems.
Thank you for your consideration.
February 21, 1993 Flood
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