Flood Awareness Week: The Power of Water

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Krista Melnar

Stormwater Engineer

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 Weather Service, flooding happens almost every day somewhere in the United States or its territory. Flooding also causes an average of $8 billion a year in damages in the U.S.

“At this time, I encourage all Texans to be informed and prepared for floods and flash floods and to be mindful of signs and barriers warning of flood dangers. Always ‘Turn Around, Don’t Drown’ -you could save your life or the life of a loved one,” the proclamation reads.

Throughout the week, we’ll highlight flood safety tips and resources available.

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Krista Melnar, PE, CFM, PMP, is the Stormwater Practice Leader in Austin.