BULLHEAD CITY, AZ., March 16, 2023 – City Public Works crews are busy cleaning city roads of dirt and debris left after yesterday’s heavy storm. The City requests motorists and residents to use caution around active heavy machinery and working crews engaged in the cleanup efforts.
Clean up efforts began last night at highway 95 and 7th St where the Bullhead Police Department closed the highway due to flooding reaching 10 inches of depth. Crews cleaned up the road last night after flood waters subsided and the highway was reopened before 6 p.m.
Public Works crews then moved on to the Punta De Vista Neighborhood in northern Bullhead where rainfall and storm damage were significant.
“We’re taking a triage approach to cleaning up the streets,” said Public Works Director Angie Johnson. We’ve started at the northern end of the city generally, and we’re proceeding south.”
McCormick Blvd in the vicinity of Indian Head Dr was briefly closed to through traffic and has since been reopened.
“While the wash ran heavy and undermined the road, it did not cause any failures in the actual roadway,” said Pavement Preservation Manager David Witzel.
“I was up there this morning and it looked great,” Johnson added, referring to the intersection of McCormick and Indian Head Dr, and the clean up efforts of the Public Works crews.
City crews are still engaged in cleanup efforts along McCormick Blvd as well as Landon Dr and Sun River Rd, and the in the Riverbend area at Forest Drive and Forest way and Rio Grande Rd and Whitewater Dr.
“As our crews begin moving south through the city, we’ll be focusing on the river district and some of the areas we know need attention including Ramar before we finish up at the southern edge of town,” Johnson said. “It’ll be a few days before we’re done cleaning up.”
The City encourages members of the public to report any storm damage needing the attention of staff using the Bullhead Direct app or by calling City hall at 928-763-9400.
The City’s Slurry Program has also been affected by the storm and clean up efforts. Slurry work scheduled for Wednesday, March 15, was rescheduled due to heavy rainfall making the roadway too wet for slurry. Work scheduled for March 16 has been rescheduled to allow crews to focus efforts on storm cleanup. The slurry program will resume March 17, and the work that was cancelled will be rescheduled for a future date.
“I want to thank our Public Works crews for all the hard work they’re doing in our city to get us back to normal as well as our Public Safety Professionals for the work they did to keep the community safe during the storm,” said Bullhead City Mayor Steve D’Amico. “Our staff really go above and beyond for our community, and it shows.”