The Harris County Flood Control District receives grant letter to update flood warning system website
In Texas, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved a letter allowing the Harris County Flood Control District to begin work to construct a new public Flood Warning System Website.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the website will include updated functionality and viewing capabilities, graphics, and features allowing residents to sign up for information to be delivered via email, text message, and automated calls.
Mapping features such as channel status and real-time inundation mapping were built to maximize user interaction. According to the Chronicle, the new website will allow residents in nearby counties to view rainfall and water level information for their jurisdictions where available.
According to the Chronicle, the Texas Division of Emergency Management grant approved for $1,751,961.35 will provide the funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build a website that will allow residents to help protect life and property.
“We want the people of Harris County to have access to critical information in a timely, accessible format that allows them to prepare and take necessary actions in flood situations or possible flood situations,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo to the Chronicle.
The grant will also fund an informational dashboard that give's staff and partner agencies access to flooding conditions throughout the county. According to the Chronicle, the dashboard will provide a common user interface which displays the county bayou and stream network and data that includes future water levels and flooding extents.
“Our current Flood Warning System website is 10 years old, and this grant will allow us the ability to provide the residents of Harris and surrounding counties a more modern and user friendly experience,” said Jeff Lindner, director of hydraulic operations and meteorologist for the Flood Control District.