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CEFCAC Funding Criteria

Through the City Engineers Flood Control Advisory Committee (CEFCAC) process, flood control projects are selected and slated into a long range plan. The Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD) utilizes this plan for the purposes of budgeting and phasing for design and construction, how and when money and manpower will be spent for anticipated projects.

Projects slated in the first fiscal year are budgeted projects approved by the Board of Supervisors. Projects slated for the years thereafter are not budgeted. Projects are planned and anticipated for completion however projects and are subject to change due to a number of factors; changes in priority, shortage of resources, shortage of public support, lengthy right-of-way negotiations and lengthy mitigation negotiations with regulatory agencies. Some projects are ready for the design stage; other projects need more information, hydraulic studies, floodplain studies, land acquisition, regulatory permits, and utility conflicts.

Projects may include preliminary engineering (project reports), final design and plan preparation, construction, and/or acquisition of right-of-way.

Facility Classification

  • Regional Facilities in general:
    •  are designed for 100-year frequency flood protection;
    •  have a drainage area greater than 1,000 acres;
    • have a cross-sectional area greater than 50 square feet;
    • have a main-line designation (e.g., A01, F05);
    • are owned and maintained by Orange County Flood Control District (OCFCD)
  • Subregional Facilities in general:
    • are designed for 100-year frequency flood protection;
    • have a drainage area between 640 and 1,000 acres;
    • have a cross-sectional area less than 50 square feet;
    • have a tributary designation (e.g., F06S03, E01S01);
    • must be owned and maintained by OCFCD.
  • Local facilities are not eligible for funding through OCFCD.

Project Priorities Regional Facilities & Subregional Facilities

  • Relieve existing flooding problem which has caused private property damage and/or threatened lives
  • Remove obstruction/relieve inadequate channel capacity which has high potential for private property damage
  • Remedy high maintenance condition
  • Close improvement gaps within existing facilities
  • Relieve street flooding or other nuisance flooding as a result of a channel deficiency
  • Local agency funding participation
  • Completed and Approved project report
  • Completed plans and specifications