HCFCD Wins Agency Sponsor of the Year Award

Cory Stull

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 by the Texas Legislature in 1937 in response to catastrophic flood events, which occurred in 1929 and 1935 in the Houston region. The purpose of the agency is to develop flood damage reduction plans, implement the plans and maintain the flood damage reduction infrastructure. 

The HCFCD serves nearly 4.7 million residents across 22 large watersheds. In a county that receives more than four feet of rainfall per year, the HCFCD faces a great challenge in reducing flood risk for a characteristically flat region that experiences many unique flooding conditions due in part to nearly 1/4th of the county being contained within the 100-year floodplain. However, the HCFCD continues to implement flood risk reduction projects that work – and the benefits of their mission were seen during recent flooding events within Harris County. More than 10,000 homes and businesses avoided flooding from storm events that occurred in 2015 due to projects the HCFCD has implemented over the last two decades, as well as an incredibly successful voluntary buyout program that was started in 1985. In fact, HCFCD estimates that it prevents $60 million in damages each year due to flooding as a result of the programs and projects it has implemented.