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3/26/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letter: Down the drain

Don't rely on the Mohave County Flood Control for assistance if you are just one individual.

I live in a hilly area with dirt roads. The county has purposefully diverted run-off water from five roads above mine onto my road. When the rains come in July and August, this excessive run-off floods my road, causing extensive erosion to the point of making it difficult to get in or out of my property.

I've had the county supervisors out and explained a way to alleviate the problem, but to no avail. I suspect they don't want to admit their engineering is flawed. Their drainage specialist, I won't mention his name, more or less told me that because I am the only one affected on this road, it wouldn't be cost-effective for the county to do anything.

So, in order to protect my property, and make sure I can get in and out, I have spent several thousand dollars on the right-of-way. A request for modest compensation was denied by their risk management department.

Evidently the taxes I pay for flood control are just money down the drain.

Gerald L. Graham


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, April 5, 2013
Article comment by: Hualapai Mt Resident

Once again it appears our County Engineer aka County Administrator is missing in action. Isn't this position ultimately responsible for the engineering of county roadways, which might include flooding issues? Maybe the Supervisor for that district (Mr Watson) should step up and direct the County Engineer to discuss with staff both Flood Control and Public Works to get the problem solved.

Posted: Friday, March 29, 2013
Article comment by: duke's brother

Government What is it good for? When you need their help in resolving issue's there are no where to be found, When there are no issue's you can bet the house they will finds ways too create them.

Posted: Thursday, March 28, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

One of the luxuries you give up when you CHOOSE to live outside the more densly populated area.

Deal with it.

If in my haste to get away from it all and build a home 20 miles from the nearest city should I expect the county to build a road for me to access my property? I don't think so.

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Article comment by: Just Wondering

If you live outside the city limits, don't expect much help from the county. The new board of supervisors voted 4 to 1 to give the majority of the flood control money to the cities. They forgot that much of the flooding in the county is in the rural areas. Once again, there is no rural representation on the board of supervisors.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: Capt. Nice

They won't come to your aid but will charge you for a permit to fix it and you have to fix it the way they say....isn't that precious.
Hackberry road floods every year and so far that I know of, no one has been killed, but cars get stuck and I heard a bulldozer years ago got washed away.
I made my rounds asking the county and State for help and it is funny how they all point their finger at someone else....Makes you wonder what would happen if everyone just quit paying taxes....they can't arrest us all.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: No One No Where


I'm not sure who your Supervisor is but the new one for Dist.#4, Joy Brotherton, promised she would work with every person in her district, personally, who had an issue with the county. If she's your Supervisor you should give her a call.

Posted: Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Article comment by: desert dweller

LOL typical political response..."not cost effective to fix it" but it was cost effective to cause the thing in the first place....where do we get these kind of people in our govts?

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