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Welcome to the Region 8 – Lower Brazos Regional Flood Planning Group

Flood planning to safeguard Texas communities has begun.

Community and public stakeholders are encouraged to become involved.

In 2019, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 8 directing the creation of the first-ever State Flood Plan for Texas — to be prepared by the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) and to follow a similar region-driven “bottom-up” approach that’s been used for water supply planning in Texas for the past 20 years.

Fifteen flood planning regions have been established — based on river basins. The first-ever Texas Flood Plan will be delivered from Regional Flood Planning Groups to the TWDB by January 10, 2023.

The overarching goal of regional flood planning, and the comprehensive state flood plan that will result from the plans created by these regions, is to protect against loss of life and property from flooding.




Upcoming Meeting Information

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Although the deadline has past to submit the stakeholder survey for this current planning cycle, members of the public are still encouraged to complete the survey and provide information that will be incorporated into future planning cycles.

If you have questions or concerns about the data collection tool and/or the interactive web map or need access to the survey as a community stakeholder, please contact Audrey Giesler with Halff Associates, Inc. at (817) 764-7510 or agiesler@halff.com. Please contact Audrey if you would like to schedule a virtual meeting to discuss the data request questions and assistance with completing the survey .




Current Events

SEEKING PUBLIC FEEDBACK ON DRAFT LIST OF POTENTIAL FLOOD MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND MITIGATION PROJECTS

Thank you to all who submitted review comments last month on the proposed process for identifying flood management strategies and mitigation projects for the Lower Brazos Regional Flood Plan. For the next step of this project, the Lower Brazos Regional Flood Planning Group (Lower Brazos RFPG) is seeking public input on the draft summary of potential flood management strategies and mitigation projects being considered for the Regional Flood Plan. Your feedback is critical to the successful development of the first-ever Regional Flood Plan for the Lower Brazos River Basin, which ultimately will be incorporated into the State Flood Plan for Texas.

The Lower Brazos RFPG needs to receive your input to ensure the draft list of flood management evaluations (FMEs), flood management strategies (FMSs) and flood mitigation projects (FMPs) accurately represents the entire region; this summary/technical memorandum will be finalized and submitted to the TWDB in early January 2022. The following draft documents are currently available for public review:

Please submit your review comments by no later than December 14 either through the Lower Brazos RFPG website or during the Public Comment period at the RFPG meeting scheduled on December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting.


HOW DO I SUBMIT MY REVIEW COMMENTS?

Review comments can be submitted electronically by clicking on the ‘Public Comments’ tab along the top menu bar of this website and filling out the information or by emailing LBFlood@brazos.org. Comments can also be provided during the Public Comment period at the RFPG meeting on December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Click here to join the Microsoft Teams meeting; each person signed up in advance is allotted three minutes to speak.


WHY SHOULD I PARTICIPATE?

By providing the Lower Brazos RFPG with your input, the Regional Flood Plan will better represent your community’s flood risk, local flooding issues/needs, and potential mitigation solutions. The information collected during this ongoing effort is being coordinated with the Combined River Basin Study, currently conducted by the Texas General Land Office. Proposed flood mitigation projects must be included in the Regional and State Flood Plans in order for an Entity to be eligible for State financial assistance programs.


QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the draft documents currently available on the Lower Brazos website for public review, please contact Pamela Hannemann with the Brazos River Authority at (254) 761-3135 or LBFlood@brazos.org.

Thank you for your participation in this important new regional flood planning effort!


Additional information about the state and regional flood planning process is available on the Texas Water Development Board Website.


Looking for prior meeting information? Click here to view the Meeting Archive.


Contact Information

Brazos River Authority, LBRFPG Sponsor
c/o Pamela Hannemann
4600 Cobbs Drive
Waco, TX 76710
LBFlood@brazos.org
254-761-3135