Floodplain management

INTRODUCTION

The City of Gainesville is dedicated to minimizing the loss of life and property that is associated with flooding events. Education and prevention are valuable and proven tools that help communities become resistant to these natural disasters. The City of New Braunfels recognizes that its entire community is susceptible to flooding, not just those structures located within Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA’s). The following information has been provided to help inform property owners located within the SFHA, flood prone areas and also all property owners within The City of Gainesville.

The Community Development Department is available to make site visits to review flooding issues, drainage and sewer problems, and provide one-on-one advice to property owners pertaining to development, renovation, and flood protection measures.

Build Responsibly!

nine TEXAS FLOOD FACTOIDS

  1. Texas holds 6 of 12 world record rainfall rates in 24 hours or less - source United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  2. Texas leads the nation in flood-related deaths most every year -- averaging twice the next nearest state: California.
  3. Texas leads the nation in flood-related damages most every year - sharing this distinction with Florida and Louisiana.
  4. Some 20 million of Texas’ 171 million acres are flood-prone - more than in any other state. (Source: 2001 Blue Ribbon Committee Study -- Texas Senate Concurrent Resolution 68)
  5. Texas has approximately 8 million structures in floodplains. 3 million of these have no flood insurance. (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
  6. Texas is among the top four states with repeat flood losses to the same properties. (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
  7. From 1986 to 2000, Texas experienced 4,722 flash flood events. (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
  8. Texas has 1.5 full-time employees to administer the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in 1000 communities (Source: Blue Ribbon Study)
  9. "Texas has the fewest numbers of state employees devoted to disaster preparedness of any of the most populous states," Tom Millwee, past head of Texas Department of Public Safety and Chair of Blue Ribbon Committee.

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