La Mirada to get flood money

first_img The money will come in handy, said Steve Forster, La Mirada’s public works director. “What has happened over the years is that we had corrugated metal pipes used in the storm drain system. They were supposed to have a life of 20 years, but many have been in place for 50 years,” he said. Some of the pipes already are beginning to deteriorate and may need relining or to be replaced entirely, he said. Some minor failures have already occurred – on Figures Street and on Greenworth Drive, he added. The city already has contracted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to do a study of 11 potentially flood-prone sites and to make recommendations to improve drainage. Most of the sites are in the southern part of La Mirada, although one is in the Foster Road area and another is near Creek Park. LA MIRADA – U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer and Rep. Linda Sanchez are very near to securing $4 million in federal funds to help alleviate flooding in this city. Boxer, D-CA, helped put the $4 million authorization of federal funds into the Water Resources Development Act passed this week in the Senate by a vote of 91-4. Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives will need to meet in a conference committee to work out any differences between their respective water resources bills. The final bill would then need to be passed by both chambers before going to the president. “This vote opens the door for bringing federal investments home for an innovative flood control system that will help protect homes in La Mirada from flood damage while also enhancing our environment,” Sanchez, D-Lakewood, said in a statement. “This project will demonstrate that even small changes in the way we build our communities can create lasting benefits.” The $248,000 study is expected to be completed by the end of this year, Forster said. The next step will be a more formalized planning process — and for the city to come up with money to pay for the improvements. While Foster was unsure of the total cost, the $4 million in federal aid will help, he said. Sanchez praised Boxer for her help in securing the funding. “I am especially grateful for the leadership of Sen. Barbara Boxer in making this happen,” she said in her statement.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more