Proposed changes for Austin to reduce flood risks


SALLY:IF YOU OWN A HOME OR A BUSINESS LISTEN TO THIS.THE CITY IS IN THE PROCESS OF CHANGING REGULATIONS TO NEIGHBORHOODS THAT OFTEN FLOOD EASILY.THE WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WANTS TO REDUCE THE FLOOD RISK AND ITS STARTING TONIGHT IN NORTH AUSTINCANDY RODRIGUEZ JOINS US LIVE THIS MORNING TO GIVE US A BETTER IDEA OF WHAT WE CAN EXPECT.MORNING.JOHN AND SALLY, TONIGHT, A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD RIGHT BEHIND ME HERE AT THE NORTHWEST RECREATION CENTER RIGHT OFF OF NORTHLAND DRIVE. AND THAT’S BECAUSE THE CITY IS LOOKING SEVERAL AT THINGS WHEN IT COMES TO REDUCING THOSE FLOOD RISKS.FOR ONE… HOMEOWNERS AND BUSINESSES THAT FALL WITHIN THE CITY’S NEW INTERIM 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN WOULD SEE SOME NEW REGULATIONS COME INTO PLACE..THESE COULD POTENTIALLY IMPACT THE WAY PEOPLE DEVELOP, EXPAND, REMODEL OR IMPROVE THEIR PROPERTIES. THE CITY ESTIMATES MORE THAN 3,000 BUILDINGS AND NEARLY 4,500 ACRES WILL BE AFFECTED. FOR YEARS, MUCH OF THE CITY’S FLOODPLAIN REGULATIONS AND DRAINAGE CRITERIA WERE BASED ON THE 100-YEAR FLOOD. WHICH HAS A ONE PERCENT CHANCE OF HAPPENING AT ANY GIVEN YEAR AND COULD BRING A LITTLE MORE THAN 10 INCHES OF RAIN IN 24 HOURS. BUT A RECENT STUDY BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, SHOWS MORE RAINFALL WAS NOW LIKELY TO HAPPEN MORE FREQUENTLY IN OUR AREA.SO IN THE MEANTIME, THE CITY HAS DECIDED TO ADOPT THE 500-YEAR RAINFALL PLAN — WHICH IS 13.5 INCHES OF RAIN IN 24 HOURS. IT’S WHAT THEY ARE CALLING THE INTERIM 100-YEAR FLOODPLAIN AND THE CITY WILL FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES AND REGULATIONS UNTIL FLOODPLAIN MAPS CAN BE REDRAWN.KEVIN SHUNK/FLOODPLAIN ADMINISTRATOR, WATERSHED DEPARTMENT: “21;27;37 THEY’RE QUARTER-CENTURY OF RAINFALL RECORDS TO THE LAST FEDERAL STUDY THAT WAS COMPLETED, AND TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE RAINFALL THAT WE’VE HAD, WE’VE HAD A LOT OF RAINFALL IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS, AND SO IT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT ALL THAT RAINFALL TO COME OUT WITH WHAT THE NEXT STATISTICS SHOULD BE FOR RAINFALL IN THIS STATE. 56 THIS WOULD ALSO IMPACT DEVELOPERS… AND, DEPENDING ON THE DRAINAGE CRITERIA, IT WOULD LET THEM KNOW WHAT OPTIONS THEY HAVE AND HOW BIG THEIR DRAINAGE INFRASTRUCTURE NEEDS TO BE. CANDY:TONIGHT, WATERSHED PROTECTION DEPARTMENT WILL HOST ITS FIRST MEETING STARTING HERE IN NORTH AUSTIN AND MOVING ACROSS THE CITY IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. KEEP IN MIND, IT WILL TAKE A FEW YEARS BEFORE REVISED FLOODPLAIN MAPS ARE SUBMITTED TO FEMA.BUT IN THE MEANTIME, YOU CAN CHECK OUT ATX FLOOD PRO — AND FIND OUT IF YOU’RE IN THE CITY’S FLOODPLAIN AREAS. THE DEPARTMENT PLANS TO GO BEFORE CITY COUNCIL IN NOVEMBER.WHERE COUNCIL WILL CONSIDER ADOPTING THE PROPOSED REGULATIONS.

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