PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Federal Hazard Mitigation funds in the amount of $200,000 have been released for an emergency hydrology study in Mohave County, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) officials announced today. The study will provide a variety of floodplain data that will be used to determine how residents and businesses may best be protected during and after a flood event.
"The comprehensive study in the Beaver Dam Wash and along the Virgin River in the vicinity of Beaver Dam and Littlefield communities will help determine surface water flow pattern data which can be used to warn Mohave County residents of imminent flooding," said Sandy Coachman, FEMA federal coordinating officer for the winter storms and flooding.
Hydrology is the study of the effects of water on the earth's surface, in the soil and underlying rocks, and in the atmosphere. The hydrological projections will also be the prime consideration in a decision on the Beaver Dam Wash bridge replacement with a longer span structure.
"The hydrology study is a matter of some urgency so that safety recommendations can be made," said Lou Trammell, state coordinating officer. "Given the extent of damages in this area, we greatly appreciate the rapid initiation of this study by FEMA."
FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and effectively manages federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. FEMA also initiates mitigation activities, trains first responders and manages the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration. FEMA became part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.