The Harris County Flood Control District receives grant letter to update flood warning system website
In Texas, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved a State Award letter to allow the Harris County Flood Control District to begin work to construct a new public Flood Warning System Website.
According to the Houston Chronicle, the new website will include enhanced functionality and viewing capabilities, updated graphics, and features that allow residents to sign up for information to be delivered via email, text message, and automated calls.
Additionally, mapping features such as channel status and near real-time inundation mapping will be built in prominent locations of the new website to maximize user interaction. According to the Chronicle, the new website will take a more regional approach, allowing residents in nearby counties to view rainfall and water level information for their respective jurisdictions where available.
According to the Chronicle, the grant approved for $1,751,961.35 from the Texas Division of Emergency Management will provide the necessary funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to build a new website that will allow residents to take action and 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.
In addition to building a new website, the grant will fund an internal flood informational dashboard that will give staff and selected partner agencies access to current and forecasted flooding conditions throughout the county. According to the Chronicle, the dashboard will provide a common user interface that displays the county bayou and stream network and flood forecast model data, such as 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.