The Oak Creek Floodplain was originally mapped in the late 1970s. Since then, small reaches have been reviewed, but there has been no study of the entire floodplain. Modeling software has improved and better methods for developing more accurate topography have been developed.
The Oak Creek floodplain was originally identified as part of a Discovery project of the Upper Verde River watershed led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Discovery projects are a comprehensive look at the entire watershed to identify and prioritize mitigation needs.
In September of 2016, the Yavapai County Flood Control District was awarded a Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) grant from FEMA in the amount of $1,199,990 to study the entire reach of the Oak Creek floodplain. The District is working with Coconino County and the City of Sedona to select the most appropriate team to work on this exciting project.