Planning for next time June 2015

After years of historic drought, it was historic flooding that had devastating effects throughout Texas this Memorial Day. Although we cannot reverse the damage that's been done throughout Houston, the Hill Country, and many other parts of the state, we can take steps to prepare for next time.

In addition to providing water planning and financial assistance for water projects in Texas, the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) helps Texas communities navigate state and federal flood protection grant programs, implement flood mitigation projects, and meet and maintain eligibility requirements in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Through its Flood Mitigation Planning Division, the TWDB administers federal and state flood protection grant programs:

  • Flood Protection Planning – a state grant for political subdivisions to conduct feasibility studies of an entire watershed to evaluate both structural and nonstructural solutions to flood hazards within the watershed.
  • Flood Mitigation Assistance – a Federal grant program funding cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to repetitive and severe repetitive loss buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the NFIP. This program can fund flood planning efforts as well as numerous project costs that include acquiring, relocating, or demolishing residential structures.

The TWDB can also provide loans for storm water and non-point source pollution control and flood control. The TWDB is also committed to helping Texas communities comply with federal NFIP regulations. Through its flood planning division, the TWDB is able to visit communities, offer training workshops throughout the state, provide technical assistance where and when it is needed.

The Texas Natural Resources and Information System, another division of the TWDB, also helps answer questions about floodplain mapping and develops data to assist homeowners, business owners, state and local governments, and others access more accurate flood hazard and risk information.

We at the Texas Water Development Board continue to keep all those affected by the Memorial Day floods in our thoughts. Please contact our Flood Mitigation Planning Division at flood@twdb.texas.gov to learn more about planning for future floods.

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