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Flooding brings water runoff issues to county

Flooding has been an issue in Yavapai County so far in 2019 and is expected to get worse during the upcoming monsoon season. (Yavapai County/Courtesy)

Flooding has been an issue in Yavapai County so far in 2019 and is expected to get worse during the upcoming monsoon season. (Yavapai County/Courtesy)

This past winter season brought record-breaking rain and snowfall to Yavapai County and with that come a flood of issues all Yavapai County residents need to be aware of. 

If you live in or near a floodplain, it is important to know the requirements for moving dirt in these areas.

“As we look toward the monsoon season, it is important to examine the path of water on your property and prepare to protect your assets,” Yavapai County Flood Control District Director Lynn Whitman said. “Cleaning out washes to improve capacity is an effective tool. However, a more robust solution may be required to protect your home. Now is a good time to contact the Yavapai County Flood Control District in case a permit is needed to ensure time for review and construction prior to the monsoon season.”

A grading permit may be required if you are moving more than 50 cubic yards of earth (27 feet x 25 feet x 2 feet, for example). All grading permits require a site plan showing existing and proposed contour lines at 2-foot increments as well as cut and fill amounts and finished floor or pad elevations.  

“A Development Permit (DP) is required and can be obtained from the Flood Control District free of charge prior to construction, placing fill, excavation, or otherwise developing in the floodplain or Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA),” Whitman explained. “Additional submittals may be required prior to and after issuance of a DP, in order to satisfy the requirements of the DP.”

For more information, contact the Yavapai County Flood Control District at 928-771-3197.

Other state or federal permits may be required depending on the type of development. Some of the activities that are exempt under the Clean Water Act, Section 404(f)(1), include maintenance of drainage ditches, structures and/or irrigation ditches.

To find out whether specific activities are exempt, contact the local Army Corps of Engineers office at 602-230-6900.

Information provided by the Yavapai County

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