News Detail

Communications May 23, 2019

New Public Flood Warning System

The Harris County Flood Control District’s 10-year old Flood Warning System website is getting updates that could prove invaluable during the next storm.

“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 Harris County Flood Control District.

The new website will include enhanced functionality and viewing capabilities, updated and modernized graphics, and features that allow residents to sign up for information via email, text message, and automated calls.

Critical mapping features such as channel status and near real-time inundation mapping will be displayed in more prominent locations of the new website. It will take a more regional approach, allowing residents in nearby counties to easily view rainfall and water-level information in most jurisdictions.

Earlier in the year, Harris County Commissioners Court approved a State Award letter to allow the Harris County Flood Control District to begin work on the new website.

Funding for the website will come from a $1.7 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

HCFCD encourages county residents to bookmark the website URL (https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.harriscountyfws.org&data=02%7C01%7Ccsimmons%40hcp4.net%7C40ba47d230ae471cbba408d6bdf61186%7Cf05977eb43464e8c9cabaca860fa22d0%7C1%7C0%7C636905261923405312&sdata=9QHrLAz%2Ff9HGWIbzidrm8oqisGgYwVjuocSj7Jnyp7c%3D&reserved=0 ), for simplified access to timely information during potential flooding events.

In addition to building a new website, the grant will pay for an internal dashboard that will give staff with the Harris County Flood Control District and selected partner agencies access to current and forecasted flooding conditions throughout the county. The dashboard will display the county bayou and stream network and flood forecasted model data, such as future water levels and flooding extents.

To learn more about the Flood Control District, click here: https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.hcfcd.org&data=02%7C01%7Ccsimmons%40hcp4.net%7C40ba47d230ae471cbba408d6bdf61186%7Cf05977eb43464e8c9cabaca860fa22d0%7C1%7C0%7C636905261923405312&sdata=bjUqp58rammVGWyvoYa3lddHSDjyclykVgdN51VVcd8%3D&reserved=0 .