Flood protection

I look at county government as 50 different lines of business, some of them intersecting, all of them important in some way in keeping residents safe or ensuring a high quality of life.

Flood protection is one business the county is in, and it’s a vitally important one. We understand people’s lives and property are on the line and that’s why we’re constantly assessing risk. 

One area that deserves a closer look is the area near the Gila River between Miller Road and Bullard Avenue. Over the last few years, Flood Control District of Maricopa County (FCD) has been working with FEMA and surrounding cities to reevaluate flood risks. 

What’s great is that we now have improved computer simulation which allows more accurate predictions of floodplain limits. This information will help us better protect residents from flooding. If you live in the area, the Flood Control District would like to invite you to a public meeting next month.

The Lower Gila River Floodplain Redelineation Meeting is 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at Liberty Elementary School, 19818 W. MC85, Buckeye.

This isn’t the only area we’re reevaluating. FCD is also studying the change in floodplain limits along the Hassayampa River as a result of new rainfall and river flow measurements. This study should be completed and available for public review and comment within the next nine months.

In addition to re-evaluating floodplains, we’re also investing in infrastructure. One example is the rehabilitation of a dam near I-10 and Jackrabbit Trail. The structure is one of three earthen flood control dams that intercept storm runoff from the White Tank Mountains and provide valuable flood protection for Interstate 10, agriculture, the town of Buckeye and other downstream development and improvements. This project will continue for the next several years to ensure that this fast-growing part of the West Valley has long-term protection from a 100-year flooding event.

With 22 flood control dams and 40 miles of flood control channels to manage, the Flood Control District of Maricopa County is a business with high stakes, and we want you to know what we’re doing.  For more information about these projects and others, as well as flood insurance and how you can reduce your flood risk, visit fcd.maricopa.gov.