CVWD has received a $2.9 million grant that will help fund a construction project that will improve the flood protection system in North Indio.
Once the East Side Dike Improvement Project is completed, CVWD expects that 800 properties in the area will be removed from federal flood insurance rolls.
The project will add six-tenths of a mile of concrete slope lining along the north side of the East Side Dike from Dune Palms Road southeast to master planned community Talavera. The U.S Bureau of Reclamation built the dike in 1948 to protect the Coachella Canal and agricultural lands. It directs floodwaters from nearby watersheds in North Indio to the Coachella Valley Storm Channel and ultimately the Salton Sea. Studies have shown this portion of the dike could be susceptible to erosion during a 100-year flood and needs scour protection.
It is the only remaining improvement needed for FEMA to certify the dike as providing regional flood protection to adjacent developments and lands in North Indio. The improvements will allow CVWD to submit a flood map revision with FEMA to remove the Talavera community, nearby area, and CVWD’s Wastewater Reclamation Plant No. 7 from the existing Special Flood Hazard Area and certify the dike as a flood protection structure. Once the dike is certified a statutory requirement for flood insurance in the area can be removed.
Estimated total cost of the project is $3.9 million. CVWD’s $2.9 million grant for the project came from FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. The District’s cost share match is $975,000 or 25%.
CVWD forecasts construction to start this summer and last for about seven months.