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Wellington gets $275,000 grant for flood control

The Wellington Debris Basin project is designed to prevent recurrences of the 1996 flood that inundated Main Street.

The Utah Permanent Community Impact Board (CIB) approved a $275,000 grant to Wellington City during a board meeting held in Moab, Utah on November 4.

The funding is supplemental to the $325,000 grant the city received in 2006 for the construction of a small debris basin for flood control and a pipeline that would carry the controlled flow safely past homes and streets.

The city has awarded a construction contract to Nelco Construction for $204,382.50 to build a 16-foot-high dam designed to impound storm water north of town.

The Debris Basin dam is about twice as expensive as engineers estimated six years ago because the state has declared that the dam and temporary reservoir are in a high risk area and construction has to follow more stringent rules. A dam breach that close to town would be more devastating than the flood it was intended to prevent.

Plans call for a 12-inch diameter pipe to convey water gradually from the basin to a 30-inch pipe beneath US-6, then empty into Flood Wash. Engineering told the council Wednesday that the city is going to be about $220,000 short on funds. Pipe, labor, acquisition of rights-of-way and engineering will push total project cost over the $500,000 mark.

The city has kicked in $25,000 of its own cash so far, as well as about $100,000 of in-kind labor.

"Wellington City has been diligently working on this project for many years," said CIB board member and Carbon County Commissioner Michael Milovich. "This additional funding will ensure the city completes the construction of the pipeline."

The Community Impact Board awards grants and low-interest loans to cities, towns and counties impacted by mining and the extraction of oil and gas on federal land. Projects funded by the CIB benefit rural Utah by creating safer, more livable communities. The program is managed by the Division of Housing and Community Development under the Utah Department of Community and Culture.




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