QUARTZ HILL – More than 50 people came out Thursday morning for a dedication ceremony for the Quartz Hill Storm Drain Project.
The ceremony was attended by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, as well as officials from the County’s Public Works Department and representatives from the Quartz Hill Chamber of Commerce and Town Council.
The supervisor told stories of past floods in Quartz Hill, and spoke on how the flood control system would remediate the flooding issues that have plagued the downtown Quartz Hill business district and adjacent areas for many years.
In 2005, flooding along 50th Street West was so severe that students at the nearby Quartz Hill Elementary School had to be ferried across the road by pickup trucks driven by local volunteers.
The $15.8 million project included construction of a two-mile-long storm drain along 50th Street West, between Avenue K and Avenue M-8, and an additional mile of lateral drains that tie into the main drain from several connecting side streets.
The three-phase project began in January of 2012 and was completed in December of 2012.
The project is within the unincorporated community of Quartz Hill and the city of Lancaster and was built at no added tax or assessments to the property owners.