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We're wearing blue for Texas Flood Awareness Week

Freese and Nichols looks good in blue.

Several Freese and Nichols offices wore blue to call attention to Texas Flood Awareness Week.

Gov. Greg Abbott set aside May 22-26 as Texas marks the second anniversary of the Memorial Day flooding in 2015.

He encouraged people to understand and respect the power of water.

“At this time, I encourage all Texans to be informed and prepared for floods and flash floods to be mindful of signs and barriers warning of flood dangers. Always ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ – you could save your...

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URISA Texas Hosts Webinar On Near-Real-Time Flood Impact Mapping

The latest updates in helping safety officials anticipate flood impacts will be the focus of URISA Texas’ May talk.

Dr. David K. Arctur, a research scientist at the Center for Water and Environment, will lead a webinar called “Developing Near-Real-Time Flood Impact Mapping In Texas” from noon to 1 p.m. May 23.

NOAA's National Water Center started publishing hourly streamflow forecasts in August. The Texas Division of Emergency Management...

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Innovyze and XP Solutions Merge

Big news in the hydraulic modeling world: Innovyze and XP Solutions have merged.

The developers of the more common 1D/2D dynamic modeling software merging leads to some interesting possibilities, but so far there has been little analysis of the implications of this action. The press release seems to indicate that overall costs will decrease for the software deployments. But there has been no word on any specific changes to the licensing for either software...

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HCFCD Wins Agency Sponsor of the Year Award

Congratulations to Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) for winning the Agency Sponsor of the Year award, presented by Texas Floodplain Management Association (TFMA). The award is presented annually to one agency that has demonstrated excellence in pursuing the goals of flood-loss reduction and in the prevention of loss of life. HCFCD accepted the award at the TFMA Spring Conference in Richardson. 

The Harris County Flood Control District was established...

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TNRIS Set to End Free Aerial Imagery Service

Free access to high resolution Google aerial imagery will soon end for cities, counties and other public agencies in Texas. Beginning Sept. 1, 2017, the Texas Imagery Service from TNRIS, the Texas Natural Resource Information System, to provide high resolution Google aerial imagery will transition from a free service for public entities to a paid service. 

Depending on the public entities’ size and usage during...

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Rainfall Data Saves Dam Owner $100,000

Third in a series

As we've been discussing in this series, a new study from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) significantly affects many Texas dam owners. The study updates the probable maximum precipitation (PMP) data by making it more geographically precise, accounting for weather patterns specific to Texas, and incorporating the past 40 years of rainfall records.  (Download the study from the ...

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FNI, City of Irving Cut Ribbon for Residential Bridge

Members of Freese and Nichols joined Irving officials and residents in marking the reopening of a residential bridge on April 11.

It was the second and final residential bridge that had been taken out as part of the Delaware Creek Channel Improvements project’s first phase.

The ceremony was also attended by several staff members of the Capital Improvements Program department, including the City Engineer Wayne Lee and Director Casey Tate as well as two council...

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FNI Shows Spillway Model to Weatherford City Council

FNI is currently designing an auxiliary spillway for Holland Lake Dam in Weatherford. A physical model of the proposed spillway was constructed and presented to City Council on March 28 to demonstrate what the completed construction will look like. Following the City Council meeting, the physical model was featured in the local news.

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