Flood control for the Schultz Fire burn area

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Before receding, floodwaters from the Sept. 12, 2012 monsoon storm extended into the two southbound lanes of US 89, requiring the closure of one southbound lane for several hours near the intersection with Brandis Way. By Mike Gertzman Before receding, floodwaters from the Sept. 12, 2012 monsoon storm extended into the two southbound lanes of US 89, requiring the closure of one southbound lane for several hours near the intersection with Brandis Way. By Mike Gertzman
Receding floodwaters along Brandis Way show the significant erosion caused by the Sept. 12, 2012 monsoon storm. By Mike Gertzman Receding floodwaters along Brandis Way show the significant erosion caused by the Sept. 12, 2012 monsoon storm. By Mike Gertzman
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Each monsoon for the past three years Flagstaff neighborhoods below 2010's Schultz Fire have been devastated by floods.  
 
Now, Coconino County is hoping to complete a $12 million flood diversion project before June 30.
 
Coconino County Supervisor Liz Archuleta said it took three years of study to find the correct places to channel the runoff from the burn area through neighborhoods, but she's certain the work being done in five areas will help keep residents safe this monsoon season.
 
Up on the mountain thousands of one-year-old ponderosa pine trees are being planted to replace those destroyed by the 15,000-acre Schultz Fire.
 
The Coconino National Forest's Andy Stevenson says each young tree will be protected from the sun and hungry wildlife by plastic cones.
 
The National Forest is planning on planting more young trees each of the next three Saturdays in April.
 
If you'd like to volunteer, go to the Coconino National Forest's website.