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Monsoon floods Paulden roads; residents to push for emergency access

Paulden resident Pete Hartman moves rock and concrete into the wash on Big Springs Road Monday, and drove his tractor to the edge in order to move the washed-out culvert back into place, as residents, from left, John Lucero, Robert Howard and John Lucero Sr., watch.

"We understand that the roads are not county maintained, but maybe they need to dedicate one for emergency purposes," Brenda Lucero said. "(Yavapai County Supervisor) Gheral Brownlow's assistant said they were trying to help, but they had to have the state come out since they are not county roads."

Brownlow said that, according to state law, all non-maintained roads in the county must meet county standards before the county will accept them. Property owners must bring the road up to those standards. One way owners can do this is by forming a road improvement district and making plans to fix the road.

"We have this tool (district) available and the county will assist with the paperwork," Brownlow said. "We are concerned about flooding." He said the county flood control district has an aerial photo of the Paulden area, but noted that it has no plans for improvement at this time.

"It's a massive project," he said.

In addition, Brownlow pointed out that when a person pulls a building permit for property within the county, staff informs the property owner of the flood-plain and the status of the roads.

(Laura Flood is a correspondent for the Chino Valley Review.)

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