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Major creek restoration to begin in Flagstaff to control post-wildfire flooding

The city of Flagstaff will start work later this month on a nearly $1 million creek restoration project that will repair a waterway damaged during last year’s Pipeline Fire. 

The channel stabilization project on Schultz Creek will fix a waterway system that was badly eroded and easily overwhelmed during last year’s repeated floods. 

Engineers will restore the stream bank and the creek’s bed to prevent erosion from moving mud and debris into the surrounding Rio de Flag and into a major pond, Frances Short Pond. It needed to be completely dredged of mudflows this year. City officials said this project will reduce the risk of the pond needing further repairs.

The project starts Sept. 18 and is expected to end by December.

Fronteras Desk senior editor Michel Marizco is an award-winning investigative reporter based in Flagstaff.