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May 20-24 marks Flood Awareness Week in Texas, made official by a proclamation from Gov. Greg Abbott. The Texas Floodplain Management Association worked with the governor for the proclamation, which you can read in full here.

“Flash flooding is the No. 1 cause of weather-related damage, and sadly, Texas often leads the nation in flood-related deaths, many of which are preventable,” the proclamation reads.

According to the National...

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We're proud to serve as bronze sponsors at the 2019 Association of State Floodplain Managers national conference in Cleveland. Stop by booth No. 106, meet the team and catch our presentations below.

Title: Hands-On HEC-RAS 2D Workshop When: 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, May 20 Presenter: Garret Johnston, PE, GISP, CFM and Jeremy Dixon, PE, CFM Track: Training Workshop (3.5 CECs)

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Freese and Nichols can trace our involvement with Texas Floodplain Management Association to the early '90s.TFMA is a great organization to be partnered with, and its efforts have helped make Texas safer for flooding.

We're proud to serve as a sponsor at the TFMA Spring Conference this month. Stop by our booth or catch our presentations below.

Title: Hands-on HEC-RAS 2D For Intermediate 1D Users When: 8 a.m.-5 p.m....

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The City of Houston recently updated floodplain regulations after massive flooding and damages occurred throughout Harris County and surrounding areas in recent years. The flood damages have resulted from major rainfall events; Hurricane Harvey (2017), the 2016 Tax Day Flood, and the 2015 Memorial Day Flood. The regulations were updated to better ensure the welfare and safety of the public and to increase the resiliency of communities as they recover and prepare for future...

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In Executive Order 13807, signed Aug.15, President Donald Trump revoked Executive Order 13690 , which was signed by President Barack Obama on Jan. 30, 2015.

Executive Order 13690 had established the Federal Flood Risk Management Standards , setting new limitations on federal projects that were located within the floodplain. The specific text in Executive Order 13807 states:

“Section 6. Executive Order 13690 of Jan. 30,...

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This article is the first in our blog series on HEC-RAS modeling. Be sure to check back for subsequent series articles.

Background

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulates development within the 100-year floodplain by administrating the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Communities that participate in the NFIP must prevent excessive development within the floodplain that could cause increases in potential flood damage. FEMA also does not allow development to...

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In 1978, the Carter administration implemented an executive order (EO 11988) that provided standards for Federal projects within a floodplain. Basically, EO 11988 was an attempt to curtail federal projects from being built within the floodplain, with the floodplain being defined by the 100-year flood limits. The 100-year flood limit was established as a mapping limit for insurance purposes, but has evolved over the years to be interpreted by the public as a safety zone,...

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