Gila County has entered the competition for a $99,500 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. If the county is successful, the money will be matched with $9,792 in local funds and be used to purchase an Automated Flood Warning System.
"It will be new flood warning gauges for the Tonto Basin area," County Manager John Nelson said.
The Tonto Basin area has been hit hard in recent weeks by flooding off the Willow Fire area, he said.
"It's pretty much of a long shot," Nelson said. There are only five grants available to be awarded nationwide.
The board of supervisors approved the grant request at its Oct. 12 meeting.
In other business the supervisors approved an intergovernmental agreement with Payson to share half the cost of a geologic study for the Mogollon Rim Water Research Management Study Area. The county is limiting its contribution to $90,000. The study is expected to be complete by Feb. 2005, Nelson said.
The study is part of ongoing efforts to find new water for Northern Gila County.