Public Outreach

District staff strives to develop and utilize the most current, accurate flood hazard information possible to promote the public welfare of all residents of Pima County. One of the most difficult parts of that process is conveying the significant risk of flood hazards in a desert environment. Let's face it, most people don't equate deserts and flooding. The District is always trying to improve how we make sure that the public has the information and tools available to know what hazards affect them. The District encourages you to review the outreach information on this page and become better informed about flood hazards in Pima County.

Floodplain Management Plan (FMP)

The Pima County Regional Flood Control District (District) has developed a Floodplain Management Plan which was approved by the Flood Control District Board of Directors (Board).

The District strives to use forward-looking floodplain management planning practices to minimize the risk of flood and erosion damage for all county residents, property and infrastructure. These efforts include identifying high flood risk areas, preserving natural watercourses, constructing flood control facilities, establishing locally appropriate development standards, distributing public information, providing early warning, and responding to flood emergencies. This plan will help the District identify the activities that will be most effective in each of the watersheds in unincorporated Pima County.

More information can be found at the project website.

Program for Public Information (PPI)

The District (District) participates in the National Flood Insurance Program’s Community Rating System (CRS). The CRS allows communities to develop a Program for Public Information (PPI) to better organize and expand the District’s outreach activities as it relates to floodplain management, public safety and flood mitigation. 

The 2020 PPI Document  and its 2020 Appendix E were approved by the Board of Supervisor's on April 7, 2020.

Outcomes of the PPI have resulted in the District working with stakeholders to identify messaging gaps related to seasonal flooding, Low Impact Development, sheet flooding and erosion hazards, and all-weather access. In addition to the benefit of better messaging, the PPI assists the District in maintaining its CRS Class 3 rating. This rating currently results in a 35% flood insurance discount for policy holders in Pima County.

Flood Hazard Information for Kids

Hank Highwater's Highground Ranch Kid's Page
Visit Hank Highwater on the Highground Ranch!

The District actively promotes flood safety amongst young residents of Pima County. Our spokesperson to kids is Hank Highwater, who can be found telling kids about flood safety in the Bear Essentials newspaper and on SunTran buses. Hank has his own special place on our website at The High Ground Ranch.

K-12 Flood Education Resources

If you are a parent, educator, or interested in some fun games related to flood hazards, check out the the Association of State Floodplain Managers K-12 Flood Education Resource website. You will find a wide range of flood education materials from across the country.

Brochures, Handouts, FAQs, and More

The District has developed a wide variety of documents to promote flood safety. Please read the documents below to learn more.

Floodplain Brochures and Handouts

Riparian Habitat and Environmental Brochures and Handouts

Homeowner's Association Brochures and Handouts

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Floodplain Management Plan
Go to the Floodplain Management Plan website

Monthly Brown Bag Series

District Brown Bag Presentations Website


Links to other flood, weather and water related websites

Floodplain Safety:  Know and Prepare for the Hazards!

Sadly, news of someone dying or requiring rescue from flood waters is nearly a yearly occurrence In Pima County.  By properly educating yourself about flood hazards and flood safety, you can keep yourself, and your loved ones, from being an unfortunate news story.  Please review the information on this page and share it with those you know. For a demonstration of how quickly a flash flood can turn a dry channel into a raging stream, please visit the Multi-media & PSAs tab on this page.

The Pima County Office of Emergency Management has made it possible through a system called MyAlerts for the Regional Flood Control District to provide near-real-time flood alerts to Pima County residents within certain watersheds. The MyAlerts Flood Alert Messaging webpage provides information about MyAlerts and information specific to the covered watersheds.

Visit to see what actions you can take today to lower your flood risk tomorrow.

Floodplain Resources for Real Estate Professionals

The Pima County Regional Flood Control District (District) wants to help you understand the potential pitfalls of buying or selling properties that are in the floodplain and protect your clients in the process. The District has created a dedicated website for real estate professionals filled with resources on floodplains, insurance, safety, and more.

Multi-media: video and audio files

The following links are to video and audio files, and require a media player to access.

Informational Videos

The Loop:  Yesterday and Today -  An informative YouTube video about how a key recreational feature in Pima County was born of the disaster of the 1983 flood.

Silvercroft Wash Flood


KGUN9 Morning Blend - July 15, 2019

KGUN9 Morning Blend - August 19, 2019

Repetitive Loss Areas - KOLD NEWS

County sends letter to homeowners with multiple flood claims

Hearts of Heroes

Waters Will Rise, a story of flash flooding in Tanque Verde Creek
Countdown to Rescue, Golder Ranch Swift Water Rescue

Supervisor Sharon Bronson Public Service Announcements

Flood Insurance (15 seconds)
Flood Insurance (30 seconds)

Supervisor Adelita Grijalva Public Service Announcements

Flood Insurance (Spanish, 15 seconds)
Flood Insurance (Spanish, 30 seconds)

Sheriff Chris Nanos Public Services Announcements

Turn Around, Don't Drown (15 seconds)
Turn Around, Don't Drown (30 seconds)

Ex-Supervisor Ramon Valadez Public Service Announcements

Flood Insurance (15 seconds)

Flood Insurance (30 seconds)

Flood Insurance (Spanish, 15 seconds)

Flood Insurance (Spanish, 30 seconds)

Floods Follow Fires - Obtain Flood Insurance (30 seconds)

Floods Follow Fires - Obtain Flood Insurance (15 seconds)

Road Safety (15 seconds)

Road Safety (30 seconds)

Road Safety (Spanish, 15 seconds)

Road Safety (Spanish, 30 seconds)

Other Public Service Announcements

PSA #1:  Don't play in flood waters

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PSA #2:  Don't drive through flooded streets

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PSA #3:  Educate yourself about flood hazards

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PSA #4: Flood Safety

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PSA #5: Homeowner Safety

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PSA #6: Road Safety

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