TWDB Seeks Feedback on Flood Planning Process and Programs

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Mark Evans

Funding Specialist

Note: We’ve updated the post with more information from TWDB.

Don’t miss your opportunity to help shape the first Texas State Flood Plan! 

The Texas Water Development Board wants your feedback to ensure communities’ flood needs will be met. 

TWDB is hosting 14 flood outreach meetings across the state and a webinar during August to get input on the new state and regional flood planning process and the new flood financing program, both established during the 2019 legislative session. The feedback will be used to create programs that reflect diversity and magnitude of flood needs.

“The TWDB is holding these meetings prior to the required formal rulemaking process to help ensure that the new programs meet the needs of Texas communities,” TWDB Chairman Peter Lake said in a press release. “Stakeholder input is the most critical part of building this program so that it effectively reflects the diversity and magnitude of flood concerns in the state.”

The flood planning program will result in regional flood plans in 2023 and the first state flood plan in September 2024. 

“The flood planning process will resemble the state’s existing water planning process,” TWDB Board Member Kathleen Jackson said in a press release. “Each flood planning region will have a planning group with members representing various local interests.”

Intended to make drainage and flood projects more affordable for communities, the flood financing program will be funded through a $793 million transfer from the Rainy Day Fund and will become available in 2020.

“The new flood funding program created by the Texas legislature demonstrates the State’s commitment to helping Texans recover from past floods and prepare for the future,” Board Member Brooke Paup said in a press release. “The TWDB is no less committed to developing this funding program as quickly as possible.”

The schedule and locations for the upcoming meetings are below or click here to see a map of the locations.

Tuesday, August 6

LCRA Riverside Conference Center
1405 Willow St.
Bastrop, TX 78602
9:30-11:30 a.m.

J. Michael & Bridget Shahan Events Center at Lamar State College 
209 W. Green Ave.
Orange TX 77630
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 7

Ornelas Activity Center at The University of Texas at Tyler
3402 Old Omen Rd.
Tyler, TX 75707
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 8

El Paso Water’s TecH2O Learning Center
10751 Montana Ave.
El Paso, TX 79935
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Trinity River Authority General Office
5300 S. Collins St. 
Arlington, TX 76018
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Friday, August 9

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
1666 University Ave.
Lubbock, TX 79410
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Beckendorf Conference Center at Lone Star College–Tomball
30555 Tomball Pkwy. 
Tomball, TX 77375
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Tuesday, August 13

Guadalupe Basin Natural Resource Center
Upper Guadalupe River Authority 

125 Lehmann Dr.
Kerrville, TX 78028
9:30-11:30 a.m.

City of Lake Jackson Civic Center
333 HWY 332 E. 
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, August 14

The Cactus Hotel
65 E. Twohig Ave, 15th floor 
San Angelo, TX 76903
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Saltwater Pavilion at Rockport Beach
210 Seabreeze Dr.
Rockport, TX 78382
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, August 15 

Abilene Convention Center
1100 N. 6th St. 
Abilene, TX 79601
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Texas A&M Higher Education Center at McAllen 
6200 Tres Lagos Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78504
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Added Dates:

Monday, Aug. 19

More information coming soon on a webinar.

Friday, Aug. 23

Houston City Hall
901 Bagby Houston, TX 77002
9:30-11:30 a.m.

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Mark Evans is a Funding Specialist based in San Marcos, Texas.