CALIPATRIA, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia presented the City of Calipatria with a check commemorating a $3,931,601 grant from the State of California to support Calipatria’s East Side Stormwater Drainage Improvement Project.
The project’s goal is to reduce and prevent floodings like the flood in 2012 that left many people without a home.
Even a couple hours worth of rain can have a big impact on the Imperial Valley But the stormwater drainage improvement project in Calipatria could help decrease flood risks.
The Money comes from the urban flood protections program funded by prop 68 along with California parks and a water bond created by Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
It's all to prevent floods like the one in 2012 from happening again.
“Blessed in 2012 when that stormwater came in and all those families lost their property and residences that was a big deal for the city," said Javier Amezcua, Mayor of Calipatria.
As for the city this is just the beginning.
“Here are two good announcements we have made so far... brand new parks, funding and some infrastructure to avoid some severe drought,” said Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia.
The project has plan an installation of underground pipelines that will also clean water, vegetated swales, tree planting and a recreational walkway.
The project should be completed sometime next year.