Third Avenue, which had a chunk almost as wide as a football field cut out of it by January's flood rains, will be made whole again later this year.


On Jan. 21, a flood basin located between 3rd and 4th Avenues overflowed, and the resulting torrent of water slashed through a vacant lot on its way toward 3rd Avenue, creating a canyon four feet deep, 278 feet wide and more than 600 yards long.


Third Avenue between Mauna Loa and Mojave Street was simply gone.


The city will begin rebuilding 3rd Avenue sometime after July 1, according to city spokeswoman Kelly Malloy. Historically, the city has done most of its road work after the Victor Valley's sometimes-punishing summers are over, so that asphalt can properly set more easily.


"We are looking at what our options are for long-term solutions," Malloy said Tuesday afternoon. "We believe we've gotten to a point in the design phase where we can begin construction after the beginning of the fiscal year [on July 1] to begin remedying the problem."


She acknowledged that 3rd Avenue residents, as well as others who used the north-south corridor, were frustrated at the pace of repairs, which she said was actually fast for a governmental body.


"Something of this magnitude would normally be in our capital improvement plan for years," she said. "We hope that the residents understand that we've taken this time so that [this sort of flood damage] won't happen again.


"We haven't forgotten about them."


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