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Preparedness for Monsoon Season in Yavapai County
Jun 30, 2015 - Monsoon season has arrived here in Arizona. In anticipation of the potential of heavy, intense rainfall over the next couple of months, the Yavapai County Flood Control District encourages residents and visitors within Yavapai County to be prepared for heavy runoff and flash flooding. The Flood Control District encourages residents and visitors to be alert and aware of the conditions surrounding this anticipated event. Keep informed via radio, television, the internet (National Weather Service), NOAA weather radio, and through the Yavapai County Emergency Management Regional Alert website. Also, the District recommends that residents and visitors review its Flood Safety page and be prepared before an event occurs. A few additional reminders to help get prepared and to keep you safe:
  • Clean out drainage ditches and drainage pipes on your property; if pipes are damaged, repair or replace them
  • Secure or remove personal property that is in an area where storm water flows
  • Raise personal property on blocks in and around your home if it is prone to flooding; secure objects on your property to prevent them from moving or being carried away by floodwaters, blocking downstream drainage facilities
  • Get sand and prepare sand bags (locations of local sand bag availability can be determined through the Emergency Management Regional Alert website or via their office at 928-771-3321)
  • Store materials like sandbags, plywood, plastic sheeting, and lumber for protection from floodwaters and to make quick repairs after a storm
  • Contact your insurance agent to purchase or check your flood insurance coverage. Flood losses are not covered under normal homeowners’ insurance policies, but flood insurance is available through the National Flood Insurance Program. Contact your insurance agent or go to for more information.
  • Stay informed and ahead of the storm by checking the local weather forecasts via the National Weather Service and other media outlets
  • During heavy rainfall events, plan to stay put and not drive where flooding may occur
  • Do not enter flooded roadway intersections or washes
  • If you accidentally drive onto a flooded street, turn around if you can do so safely and drive to higher ground

See Also:  FEMA Flood Preparation Safety | FEMA Myths and Facts
Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual
Jun 3, 2015 - The Yavapai County Flood Control District Board of Directors passed a resolution on June 1st, 2015 that rescinds the existing Yavapai County Drainage Criteria Manual and replaces it with the adoption of the new Yavapai County Drainage Manual. The change will become effective on July 1st, 2015, and any submittals after July 1st should be completed under that manual's guidance. For more information on the new manual and to review the final complete document, please visit:
See Also:  Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual Information
New Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual
Apr 30, 2015 - Notice is hereby given that the Yavapai County Flood Control District Board of Directors will be considering the adoption of a proposed new Yavapai County Drainage Manual (DDM) to replace the existing Yavapai County Drainage Criteria Manual. The Board of Directors will hold a courtesy hearing concerning this matter on May 18th at 10 South 6th St, Cottonwood, AZ 86326 at 9:30AM. The Board of Directors will hold a final hearing on this matter and consider the formal adoption of the Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual (DDM) on June 1st at 1015 Fair St, Prescott, AZ 86305 at 9:30 AM. District staff is recommending that the Board of Directors rescind the existing Yavapai County Drainage Criteria Manual and replace it by adopting the proposed Drainage Design Manual (DDM), with both actions to become effective on July 1, 2015. The DDM is a more detailed, comprehensive document that will provide improved guidance to the engineering and building community relating to the design of drainage infrastructure and development in and around flood hazard areas, as well as to the citizens of Yavapai County to ensure that design and construction are completed to minimum standards. The updates provided in the proposed DDM are generally described in a one-page summary that can be obtained online by going to and clicking the “Drainage Design Manual” button on the right side of the page, and the proposed manual can also be viewed in its entirety at the same website or by calling 928-771-3197 in the Prescott area or 928-639-8151 in the Verde Valley to schedule a time to view a hard copy of the document
YCFCD Stakeholder Workshop
Apr 2, 2015 - WorkshopThe Yavapai County Flood Control District, along with Bender Consulting, would like to thank those who attended our workshops that were held on March 30th and 31st to inform the public of the changes in flood insurance rates that went into effect on April 1, 2015.  If you were not able to attend and would like information on our workshops, see the following links.
Floodplain Management Plan Committee Meetings
Mar 13, 2015 - The Yavapai County Flood Control District has been requested by FEMA to work on developing a Floodplain Management Plan for the unincorporated areas of Yavapai County, as well as the District-dependent communities of Camp Verde, Clarkdale, Dewey-Humboldt and Sedona. Click on the following link for more information on upcoming public meetings: Upcoming Meetings.
Additional Changes in Flood Insurance Costs to Take Effect Beginning April 1
Feb 26, 2015 - On April 1, 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will implement additional changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) as directed by the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act of 2014 (HFIAA) and Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012. Some flood insurance policy holders may see significant increases in what they pay compared to prior years. Read more...
Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual
Oct 29, 2014 - Yavapai County and the Flood Control District have been working towards adoption of the new Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual in early 2015.  The revamped manual will replace the existing Yavapai County Drainage Criteria Manual that has been in place since 1998 and was last revised in 2005.  For more information on the new manual and to review the final proposed version of the complete document, please visit:  Yavapai County Drainage Design Manual information.
Storm Management Practices for Contractors
Sep 16, 2014 - The Yavapai Flood Control District is asking all contractors to prepare their construction sites for potential upcoming heavy rain and possible flash flooding (in anticipation of heavy rainfall due to Hurricane Odile).  Please remember to check your project sites to ensure your stormwater and erosion pollution prevention control measures are properly in place (in line with your SWPPP).  Please spread the word to others to ensure that all appropriate measures are being implemented to reduce pollutants from construction site runoff/erosion. Things to check: -check all wattles and straw bales. Insure they are properly placed and staked. -check all silt fencing, insure that it is properly installed and no damage to the fabric is evident -clean construction site and secure materials that are in areas where storm water flows   If you have any questions on proper Best Management Practices or their installation, please contact the Flood Control District at (928) 771-3197.
Remapping the Agua Fria River
Aug 6, 2014 - The Yavapai County Flood Control District is ending a multi-year project to re-examine flood risks and update digital flood hazard maps for the Agua Fria River area in Black Canyon City. The maps, developed in partnership with FEMA, will become effective on October 16, 2014. To learn more about the map changes and the latest in insurance laws, please visit the webpage set up for property owners affected by the changes. This website can be located by following the “Insurance For Map Changes” banner on the right side of this page.
Flood Hazard Status Reports
Jul 9, 2014 - If you would like to request a Flood Hazard Status Report for a particular parcel, please send an email to with the following information:
  • Parcel number (APN)
  • Company/Individual Name
  • Mailing Address
  • Phone Number
  • Comments or Special Requests
  • Return Email Address
For any information not related to a Flood Status request, please use the email address
ADOT, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs, other agencies launch wildfire awareness campaign
May 21, 2014 - ‘One Less Spark’ campaign shows how drivers can help prevent wildfires. For the full article, please click here
Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act
Apr 3, 2014 - On March 21st, 2014, the President signed the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act (HFIAA). This makes changes to the Biggert-Waters Reform Act (BW-12). The Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) has put together a document analyzing the HFIAA. Please read the attached document thoroughly and, if you have further questions, contact our office at 928.771.3197. You may also refer to our Reference Materials page to access this document in the future.Read more...
Big Bug Creek Restudy Public Meeting
Feb 13, 2014 - The YCFCD has completed the Big Bug Creek Detailed Flood Hazard Study. The new detailed maps will help residents along the Big Bug Creek better identify risks and make informed decisions about how to protect their families and property in the event of a flood. The YCFCD will be holding a public open house on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014 from 4-7pm at Mayer High School. There, residents can speak one-on-one with YCFCD, FEMA contractors and insurance experts for more information about their specific property.
Biggert-Waters Reform Act Resource List Added to Reference Materials
Feb 6, 2014 - Need further information about the Biggert-Waters Reform Act (BW-12)? Please visit our Reference Materials page and find a newly compiled resource list via the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM).

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