There is a lot of unregulated development within Cochise County on non-county maintained roads and in subdivisions. Roads are bladed in, lots are split and built upon, and there is no attempt to deal with the effects of stormwater and how the natural flow will change with the new development. Therefore, water that used to flow across open land becomes channelized and forced into a new path. Current legislation does not allow the County to control this.
County-maintained roads and flood control structures in Cochise County are designed to handle the most frequent storm events. On occasion, a larger storm event will occur that is greater than what the road was designed to handle. If one of these storm events occurs, water can overtop, and you may experience an increased amount of water on your property. This is to be expected.