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.

Program for Public Information (PPI)

The Pima County Regional Flood Control 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. 

Approved by the Board of Supervisor's on February 19, 2019, the 2019 version of the PPI document can be found HERE. Appendix E can be found HERE.

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 and possibly improving its CRS Class 5 rating. This rating currently results in a 25% flood insurance discount for policy holders in Special Flood Hazard Areas, and a 10% discount elsewhere.

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.

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.

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

Click here to go to the Floodplain Management Plan website


Links to other flood, weather and water related websites

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.

KGUN9 Morning Blend - July 15, 2019

KGUN9 Morning Blend - August 19, 2019

Arriba Tucson - June 22, 2019

Repetitive Loss Areas - KOLD NEWS

County sends letter to homeowners with multiple flood claims

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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