May 22-26 Declared Texas Flood Awareness Week

While dangerous floods and flash floods are possible throughout the year, they have a higher frequency during spring and summer thunderstorms, tropical storms and hurricanes.  Intense rainfall or slow-moving storms that track over the same areas can cause a rapid rise of water and flash floods can develop within minutes.

Both our state and local leaders recognize the importance of encouraging our citizen’s to be prepared for emergencies. On May 6, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed May 22-26, 2017 to be Flood Awareness Week in Texas. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams presented a similar proclamation May 9 to the Public Works and Transportation Department’s Stormwater Management Division.

City of Arlington residents should be familiar with their flood risk by contacting the City of Arlington’s Stormwater Management Division.  Our staff can assist in identifying a property’s flood hazard risk by providing flood depth and other flood related data, historical flooding information, local drainage issues and other site specific protection assistance.  Our staff is available to explain the natural floodplain functions and discuss protection for these areas.  Contact Stormwater staff at 817-459-6550 for more information.

All residents should know the implications of flood watches and warnings, assemble an emergency supply kit; develop a communication plan for reaching family members, friends, neighbors and coworkers in case of an emergency;  and designate a meeting place in case of evacuation.  Visit Stormwater Management’s Flood Safety and Preparedness website for more ideas on protecting your family, home and property.