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Kirkpatrick secures funding for Winslow Levee study
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., has secured $750,000 in the president’s 2015 budget to complete the feasibility study of the Little Colorado River Levee at Winslow. It’s the first time this critical infrastructure project has been included in the president's budget.
Since taking office, Kirkpatrick has worked with Navajo County to push for the feasibility study, which is the first step to removing Winslow residents and businesses from a 100-year flood plain. Kirkpatrick serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has oversight of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
“I’m thrilled we were able to deliver results, and I thank Navajo County for their leadership and partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers,” Kirkpatrick said. “This is good not only for Winslow but all of northern Arizona, and it will help protect our residents, cultural resources and local economies.”
Jesse Thompson of the Navajo County Board of Supervisors, said, “This project is critical to protecting the lives and property of businesses and residents in Winslow. We appreciate our partnership with the Army Corps of Engineers and everything Congresswoman Kirkpatrick has done to help us improve the Winslow Levee.”
In a recent letter to the Army Corps, Kirkpatrick expressed concern over metrics that may disadvantage smaller rural communities due to their population size and reduced infrastructure impacts: “Let me say that flood loss is felt the same to someone in Winslow, AZ as it is in Los Angeles,” Kirkpatrick wrote.
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