AUSTIN (KXAN) - Think your home is outside one of Austin's flood-prone neighborhoods?
The city just completed a study that will result in an updated definition for which neighborhoods are in defined flood plain.
"The overall goal of updating these studies is to make sure the city and the public are aware of the flood risks that may affect them," the city says in a news release issued Tuesday. "The studies show that in some places the flood plains have expanded and in other places they have been reduced.
"More specifically, the expanded flood plains include approximately 2,400 additional properties and 800 additional buildings. However, in areas where the flood plains have been reduced, approximately 2,200 properties and 400 buildings are no longer considered to be in the flood plain."
The flood plain study focuses on these watershed:
- Boggy Creek
- Bull and West Bull Creek
- Carson Creek
- Cottonmouth Creek
- Dry Creek East
- Fort Branch
- Shoal Creek
- Tannehill Branch
These creeks were selected because the existing flood maps were based on outdated information, or there were no previous flood maps along certain tributaries, the city said.
The new maps will help us make more informed decisions about how to protect our community from the dangers of flooding,” said Kevin Shunk, manager of the city’s flood plain office. “Even though Austin is in a period of severe drought, flooding still poses serious risks to our community. I hope that the public will use this information to take steps to protect their family and property.”
The city's website has a map of areas it considers flood-prone. The city-produced video belows shows the power of flood water.
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