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TOWN REPORTER <br />TOWN OF PARADISE VALLEY 640 1 EAST LINCOLN DRIV E <br />PA RADI SE VALL EY , ARI ZONA 85253 <br />A PRIL 1977 <br />Town & Citizens Repa ir Flood Damage <br />And Insta ll Preven tive Dev ices <br />"I 'm anx iou s for it to rain again , <br />just eno ugh to show up any un- <br />so lv ed fl o od i ng prob lem s," say s <br />Town Engi nee ~ Ch ar les Atk in so n. <br />He ex plain s that both th e Town and <br />indiv idu al hom eow ners have made <br />f l ood d am age r epai r s and i mprove- <br />m ents since t h e d i sas trou s rain o f <br />September 25. <br />With $133,200 from the Gover - <br />nor's Em erge ncy Fund , th e Town <br />has m ade ext ensive i mp ro vements <br />in r oa dway s, bic yc l e pat hs, ditches <br />and d rain age ease m ents. Th e Inver - <br />go rd o n Chann el from Mountai n <br />Vi ew Road t o t he Ind ian Bend Was h <br />is being i mproved , and t he Bern ei l <br />Ditch has rece ntl y bee n improv ed <br />and r epai r ed. Hundreds o f other <br />f lood ed ar eas h ave bee n correc t ed , <br />so m e o f t hem b y indiv i du a l re si - <br />d ents. The d ra i nage ease m ent at <br />Fanfo l Drive ju st south o f M oun- <br />t ai n View t hat h ad bee n bl o cke d by <br />f looding has b ee n cl ea red and re- <br />pair ed by property owner s i n t hat <br />area. T he 52nd Str eet and To m a- <br />hawk ar ea is another h omeow ner <br />im prove m ent succe ss sto ry . <br />''Wh en the next horrendous r ai n <br />come s w e'l l l et you know how i t <br />wo rk s," says Denny A lspac h. Her <br />husb and , Davi d, and Char les Ferry <br />head ed up a group of homeowners <br />w ho provi ded a f l ood contro l sys - <br />t em in t h eir area . <br />"The f ell ows d id all t h e lu gg ing <br />of these hug e rocks," sa y s Cath erin e <br />Ferry. "It w as a j o b, let m e t el l you. <br />We had the wa sh dug out, but then <br />w e did al l t he rest o f t h e w o rk our- <br />se lv es -not only fin anc iall y but <br />ph ys ic al l y . It w as a l o t of w o rk bu t <br />worth it. The w as h is ex quisi t e." <br />Over 2 00 tons o f ston es w ere <br />hau l ed by Ph il Dion, Gary D'Spai n, <br />Frank Z immerm an, Ch ar l i e Rad ke, <br />Lar r y Gunning, Evan Sc harf, Bil l <br />Grah am, Dav id Dirkin, Ph i l Scott, <br />Frank Ju l se n, Di c k Thompson, A l <br />Ch artran, Woody Wa l drop and A lan <br />Ke it h. <br />Done by an outsi de co ntracto r, <br />th e co st wou l d probab ly have b ee n <br />ten times what it w as -l ess than <br />$200 per family. <br />T he Town w ill m ai ntai n th e wa sh <br />and has also ma de improvem ents <br />downstrea m so that homeowners <br />at the end of it won't be adverse l y <br />affected. <br />"It's re all y nea t when a group of <br />homeo wn ers get toge ther like this," <br />sa y s Mrs. A lspac h. "Knowing what <br />w e acc omp l i shed m i ght give a lo t <br />of oth er hom eown ers hope." <br />Mrs. Ferr y sa y s th ey are all pl an· <br />ning a ce l ebra tion as so on as al l t he <br />m en are in town at onc e (se veral <br />travel in th eir work ). ''W e'r e ca l l i ng <br />it our Roc k Fest iv al, and w e're go ing <br />t o hold it right in th e w as h. Picnic, <br />ga m es, drinks and all. Why no t ? To <br />us, it's abso lutel y lovely."