The ongoing Llano and Colorado River flooding, Hurricane Harvey, the Blanco River flood of 2015, and other recent flooding event across the state have caused tragic loss of life and immense property damage. As communities rebuild, questions about how we ensure the safety of all Texans remain.
Hydrologists and engineers are rethinking our traditional solutions to rising flood waters. Local governments are taking a hard look at infrastructure deficiencies and methods for moving or elevating homes out of the floodplain. The Legislature has directed resources to studying the future impact and mitigation of flooding in Texas.
And yet, Texas does not have a statewide plan for flood mitigation or management. There is growing consensus that flooding in our state is increasing in both frequency and severity. Growth patterns have put large segments of our populations directly in the path of flood water.
Join the Texas Water Symposium as ways to prevent future flooding events from turning into human tragedies are explored.