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  • Flood Control District survey seeks public input on priorities

    Jun 14, 2019 | Read More News
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    File: The Loop during floodingAhead of Monsoon 2019, the Pima County Regional Flood Control District developed a short online survey asking County residents to share their knowledge of the floodprone areas they live and work in and travel through every day. The input will help the District generate its Floodplain Management Plan, intended to minimize the risk of flood and erosion for all County residents, property and infrastructure; provide for early warning of and response to flood emergencies; and identify activities that will be most effective in each of the watersheds in unincorporated Pima County.

    Hundreds of brochures mailed out this week contain details on completing the survey as well as information on the recipient’s local watershed, including a map, and advice on preparing in case of flooding.

    "The survey only takes a few minutes," Floodplain Management Division Manager Brian Jones said. "People know of some high-risk spots for flooding and erosion in their areas that the District doesn’t know about. We want to know all of them. We also want opinions on how the public wants us to manage flood risks."

    The Floodplain Management Plan will help improve Pima County’s standing under the Community Rating System (CRS) developed by the National Flood Insurance Program. Currently, Pima County ranks as a Class 5 community which gives residents a 25-percent discount when purchasing flood insurance. The plan is part of an on-going effort to help the County qualify as Class 3, which comes with a 35-percent discount.

    Most homeowners’ insurance does not cover flood damage and people who own or rent property in a federally-mapped (FEMA) floodplain must purchase a separate policy to protect against it. While not required for structures in locally-mapped floodplains, the District recommends flood insurance for those residents as well.

    For more information, contact Environmental Planning Manager, Greg Saxe by phone, 520-724-4633 or email.