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Cottonwood Creek is a small urban channel passing through Sandy Lane Park in east Fort Worth. The City of Fort Worth recently discovered that erosion had resulted in loss of park land and damage to City infrastructure, including the collapse of a portion of Sandy Lane Park Drive and a storm drain outfall.

Under an on-call fluvial geomorphological services contract with the City of Fort Worth, our team assessed the channel’s erosion and unstable areas, evaluated solutions...

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A recent amendment to stormwater utility laws in Texas, House Bill 1662, passed during the recently concluded session of the Texas Legislature that includes two key changes. The amendment clarifies the availability of partial exemptions for tax-exempt religious institutions and adds closed cemeteries to the list of properties that can be exempt. The new law went into effect May 28, 2015.

Local Government Code 552.053(d)

(d) A municipality may exempt property owned by...

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Runoff from a new development is often conveyed to a detention pond that temporarily stores water and reduces the increase in flows. Since detention is intended to prevent localized flooding, questions begin to arise when downstream residents complain of new flooding issues after construction. Does the detention design meet criteria? Was there an abnormally large storm event? Does the criteria need to be reevaluated?

Recently, the Town of Sunnyvale was confronted with several questions from residents when two recently constructed schools possibly created new downstream flooding...

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Join Freese and Nichols at the Texas Floodplain Management Association 2015 Fall Technical Summit.
We're proud to partner with TFMA as a Zone X Sponsor.

Here's a look at our presentations this week:

Thursday, Sept. 3

Track D - Flood Control Concepts and Ethics

D1 - A Race Against Time: An Emergency Bank Stabilization on Kee Branch
Scott Hubley, P.E., CFM, and David Coffman, P.G., CFM - Freese and Nichols; with Amy Cannon, P.E., CFM - City of...

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TagsTFMA, Texas Floodplain Managers Association, flood mapping, flood models, coastal levee system, mitigation, Stormwater,

The City of Wichita Falls is preparing for future floods after experiencing heavy storms over Memorial Day weekend. A new Wichita River floodplain study has now been approved by the City Council to protect citizens and infrastructure from future flood events. The project has been covered by Wichita Falls’ local News Channel 6.

Our team helped the...

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The City of Wichita Falls developed emergency evacuation plans for Memorial Day rains, with the help of Freese and Nichols. The weather service was projecting a potential flood of record for the Wichita River.

Within a matter of hours, we developed flood maps that they could use for emergency management operations, sending GIS files for floodplain delineations of a variety of flood stages corresponding to the potential flood stages. The City pulled the maps up on the screen at the emergency operations center and went to work making their emergency evacuation plans.


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Freese and Nichols is getting ready for the StormCon Conference & Expo taking place next week, August 2-6, in Austin, Texas. If you’re attending, we hope to see you at one of our presentations.

Tuesday, August 4

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Our work to preserve and improve Fort Hood's stormwater infrastructure with a comprehensive Stormwater Management Program has been featured in Public Works Digest. We helped the army installation take stormwater inventory of their 340 square miles, offering solutions to develop a long-range vision, rather than reactionary measures. They have been implemented our suggested improvements to ease flooding issues. Solutions range from upsizing culverts and storm drains, adding inlets, widening and improving open channels and adding detention ponds. Fort Hood continues to develop its stormwater...

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