O’Halleran Secures $52 million for Rio de Flag Project

February 11, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— Today, Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ-01) applauded the announcement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to provide $52 million in funding to physically complete and fiscally close out the Rio de Flag flood control project in Flagstaff.

“I am extremely pleased to see that the Army Corps has fully funded the Rio de Flag project in this year's Work Plan,” said O’Halleran. “Another major flood in the Flagstaff area would endanger local families and severely damage city infrastructure.”

Currently, Flagstaff and Coconino County face major flooding risks from the nearby Rio de Flag. A 100-year flood could completely decimate the City of Flagstaff if flooding infrastructure through the USACE were not put into place.

“This funding, that I have pushed for since being sworn into Congress in 2017, will provide Flagstaff with much needed flood control infrastructure, and protect historic communities and Northern Arizona University,” continued O’Halleran. “I am proud to have worked with Mayor Evans, the Flagstaff City Council, county officials and local leaders, and a bipartisan, bicameral group of Arizona lawmakers to secure these monies and bring this important project to fruition.”

O’Halleran has sent countless letters advocating that due attention be paid to the project, the most recent in December. View the letter, here.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is the federal agency under the Department of Defense the oversees public works projects and improvements, including dams, canals, and flood protection.