All-day heavy rain on February 14, 2019 caused traffic issues, three water rescues and school closures across the Coachella Valley. In Indian Wells, Fred Waring Drive was closed in both directions from Cook Street to Eldorado Drive.
For the past year, Public Works staff has worked diligently with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to recover costs related to the February storm event, which was declared an emergency by the federal government. The City recently received reimbursement in the amount of $104,492 for two projects; damage that was sustained at the Indian Wells Golf Resort and damage to the water cannons in the channel.
“It’s important that we apply for grants when applicable to save taxpayer dollars,” said Indian Wells Mayor Ty Peabody. “The City sustained significant damage during the February storm event and City staff did what was needed to make the repairs and recoup the costs from the federal government.”
There are two remaining projects that still need to be addressed including repair work to Miles Avenue Bridge and repair to the west/east Drop Structures. These two projects are expected to begin this summer.
“Indian Wells staff continues to work closely with FEMA to meet reimbursement requirements to ensure the City receives the funds its entitled to,” said City Manager Chris Freeland. “Dedicated City staff and Council work tirelessly to not only take care of necessary repairs to infrastructure when needed, but also follow up by practicing strong fiscal management.”