New FEMA maps of Oak Creek become effective; attend the virtual meeting

New FEMA maps of Oak Creek become effective; attend the virtual meeting

Post Date:02/27/2023 8:11 a.m.

SEDONA, Ariz. – As part of a multi-agency effort to re-examine the flood risks along Oak Creek, on March 21, 2023, updated, finalized and digital Oak Creek Floodplain maps will go into effect. Included in this effort, the city invites the public to attend a virtual open house on March 1, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss these new maps. Any future development or insurance concerns will refer to these effective maps.

The flood maps presently in use needed to be updated, as detailed studies have not been performed in more than 30 years. The flood risks shown on the current flood map do not reflect the effects of growth since then. They also don’t show changes in drainage and run-off patterns caused by land use and natural forces. In addition, more detailed information is now available, and mapping-related technology has improved. As a result, the updated flood maps more accurately represent these changes and the current flood risk. This makes these updated flood maps an important tool to protect lives and properties along Oak Creek.

Access the mapsTo view property on the previous and new flood maps to assess the risk change, visit the maps at

Virtual meeting detailsThe presentation will include what the potential effects are on property owners, what options they have and share additional resources. No registration is needed. For the link to the meeting, go to

Properties adjacent to Oak Creek in city limits that have a change to their floodplain were mailed a letter informing them of the meeting.

BackgroundLed by the Yavapai Flood Control District (YCFCD), they have worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Coconino County Flood Control District (CCFCD) and the city of Sedona. The study included Oak Creek’s tributaries from Sterling Canyon in Coconino County, through the city of Sedona and down to Cornville, where it empties into the Verde River. Note that the flood maps for the portions of Oak Creek in Yavapai County are still being finalized but is anticipated that there will only be small changes to what is shown in the maps in the link above, with no major effect to the floodplain limits.

More informationIf you have any questions, contact city of Sedona Assistant City Engineer at (928) 203-5076 or