Yavapai County Flood Control District


he Legislature of the State of Arizona delegated responsibility to each county flood control district to adopt regulations designed to promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of its citizenry. The Yavapai County Flood Control District was created, and the initial floodplain regulations were adopted by the District Board of Directors in December 1981. The regulations and requirements of the District's Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance  are intended to minimize public and private losses due to flood conditions. The Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual was first adopted by Resolution 1151 in November 1998. The information in this manual is used for preparing hydrologic, hydraulic and drainage related reports required by Yavapai County. Click here for more information about Yavapai County Flood Control District.

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In the News...

Grant money at work! Rimrock property acquisition.

Grant money at work! Rimrock property acquisition.
The County Flood Control District purchased a repetitive loss property in 2022. The funding was provided through a FEMA program called the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program (BRIC). This program provides matching grants to States, local communities, tribes, and territories. FEMA reviews submitted grant applications for hazard mitigation projects that aim to reduce the risk from disasters and natural hazards. Because the property and home had flooded several times over the years the district’s application for this property was approved.
In late 2022 the district contracted a local company to do a hazardous material inspection and assessment. The result concluded there were several different materials that needed to be removed from the single-family residence prior to the demolition of the building.
Spray Systems Environmental from Tempe, AZ was contracted to remove all the hazardous materials. Hazardous materials were found in the floor, walls and ceilings and needed to be removed.
Later this year the district will have all man-made improvements removed from the property. The property will remain owned by Yavapai County in perpetuity.


Virtual Open House for New Oak Creek Canyon Flood Maps for Coconino County

Coconino County Flood Control District (CCFCD) and the City of Sedona have asked that Yavapai County Flood Control District reach out to you about an upcoming free virtual Flood Risk Open House on March 1, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., related to new flood maps. Please visit our Oak Creek Floodplain Remapping Project page for more information.

Chick Road Pond ADMS

The Yavapai County Flood Control District (YCFCD) has collected several Chick Road Pond surveys as part of a larger study to prioritize projects in the area. In the time since then we have been working with an Engineering Firm and they have started with some topography work which they used to model the drainage in the area and identify what looked to be the main issues. They used the surveys to ground truth, what they found and used it to make any modifications. The engineer has now submitted a draft report that includes some potential solutions. YCFCD is working its way through it now. We are also coordinating with outside agencies, such as the Forest Service, to see if some of the projects will be possible. YCFCD will be categorizing projects by small things we can do in house, medium projects that we need to work into our five-year plan, and large projects that are outside of our budget and need a grant.
A more detailed progress report will be available once all details have been reviewed.
Thank you to all citizens for participating in the survey. YCFCD had a very good response rate on the Chick Road Pond survey.

Chick Road Pond

Verde Village Unit 7 Area Drainage Study

Due to recent and ongoing flooding, the Yavapai County Flood Control District is gathering data on flooding in Verde Village Unit 7 to identify and prioritize potential drainage solutions. Please note, the questionnaire is available online at: https://form.jotform.com/223186722598163. Please complete the following questionnaire based on your experience in the area. We appreciate your time and consideration. | Questionnaire

Village of Oak Creek Community Additional (VOCA ) Area Drainage Study Expansion

The Yavapai County Flood Control District is gathering data on flooding in the VOCA neighborhoods to identify and prioritize potential drainage solutions. The District completed a smaller study in 2009. This study led to two project completions. The remaining projects that were prioritized were stalled due to either cost restraints or a lack of easements acquired. The District is now expanding that study to include the larger VOCA area and to revisit some of the projects that failed. Please complete the following questionnaire based on your experience in the area. We appreciate your time and consideration.  You can fill out this questionnaire online. | Survey

Chick Road Pond Online Survey

The Yavapai County Flood Control District is gathering data on flooding in the CHICK ROAD neighborhood in Cornville to identify and prioritize potential drainage solutions. If you reside in this area of Cornville, the Flood Control District invites you to fill out the online questionnaire located at https://form.jotform.com/222976102922152. Please complete the following questionnaire based on your experience in the area. We appreciate your time and consideration.

Chick Road Detention Pond Rehabilitation Project Indefinitely Postponed

Chick Road Detention Pond Rehabilitation Project, Cornville, Yavapai County, Arizona; Project #FC0212. This project has been indefinitely postponed due to recent storm activity changing the scope of the project. Please see Addendum 1. At this time, no bids will be accepted. Go to https://yavapaiaz.gov/bids/flood-control for more information.

Check it out! The Yavapai County Flood Control District Fall Newsletter is here!

Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) through Grants

Yavapai County Flood Control District participates in the Flood Mitigation Assistance Program (FMA). It is a competitive grant program that provides funding to states, local communities, federally recognized tribes and territories. Awarded grants Funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.
FEMA chooses recipients based on the applicant's ranking of the project, eligibility and cost-effectiveness of the project. FEMA requires state, local, tribal and territorial governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation assistance projects.

To view the FEMA Mitigation Action Portfolio visit: https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/documents/feam_fy21-bric-mitigation-action-portfolio.pdf

Yavapai County Flood Control District Receives Two Grants

The Yavapai County Flood Control District has been awarded two grants with the first being the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Grant in the amount of $486,338.25, from FEMA for the Rimrock Floodplain Property Acquisition and Demolition to purchase and remove existing structure(s) from the Special High Flood Hazard Area. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $648,451.00. In 2019, the Rimrock neighborhood was flooded by a rainfall event. Several residents had to be rescued and many homes were red tagged with severe damage. The Flood Control District applied for a grant to purchase and demolish homes that have historically flooded several times and that cannot be brought into current compliance. With the purchase and removal of these structures, the land within the floodway will open capacity for the river and will help mitigate the rest of the neighborhood.
The second grant is the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Grant Award in the amount of $150,000.00 from FEMA for the Rimrock Flood Mitigation Project, to provide a study of the flooding issues in Rimrock and identify potential mitigation solutions. This grant is to provide funding to study the flooding issues and find projects to be retrofitted into the Rimrock neighborhood to protect homes from future flooding. The approved project budget is $200,000.00, with the award of $150,000.00 from FEMA and a District match of $50,000.00. | Flyer

Cut Flood Insurance Costs

Thursday, July 7th at 3:00 PM Risk Reduction Group in collaboration with the Yavapai County Flood Control District will be offering an informative free online webinar on cutting flood insurance costs. This webinar will cover various topics including new laws that affect policies, mitigation steps and real-life homeowner examples of flood insurance cost savings. Participants are encouraged to email a copy of their elevation certificate and current flood insurance policy to yavapai@yourfloodrisk.com  for a courtesy review. Register here for the webinar. | Flyer

Risk Rating 2.0: Equity in Action

FEMA updated the National Flood Insurance Program's (NFIP) risk rating methodology through the implementation of a new pricing methodology called Risk Rating 2.0 as of April 1, 2022. The new risk rating methodology enables FEMA to deliver rates that are actuarily sound, equitable, easier to understand and better reflect a property's flood risk.

For Property owner information about Risk Rating 2.0 visit: https://www.fema.gov/flood-insurance/risk-rating
Agents visit: https://agents.floodsmart.gov/agents-guide/risk-rating

Lynn Whitman


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