San Bernard Discovery
Discovery is the first phase of the Mapping Activity Statement. The Discovery task is the “discovery” of flood hazards and associated flood risk throughout the watershed. The Goal of Discovery is to work closely with communities to better understand local flood risk, mitigation efforts, and other topics in order to spark watershed-wide discussions about increasing resilience to flooding. The Discovery process helps communities identify areas at risk for flooding and solutions for reducing that risk. During Discovery, we seek input from stakeholders within the basin to obtain information about local flood risk, flood hazards, mitigation plans, mitigation activities, flooding history, development plans, and floodplain management activities. All this information is used to determine which areas of the watershed require mapping, risk assessment, or mitigation planning assistance.
Discovery Data Collection
Researched data does not capture the entire watershed picture. We rely on information and data provided by the communities.
Requested Data from Communities:
- Areas of nuisance flooding
- Historical local flooding locations, mitigation activities and grant projects (ongoing or planned)
- Comprehensive plans
- Local development and floodplain management plans
- Stormwater management activities
- Community ordinances
- Infrastructure information, especially for levees and new bridges, dams, culverts and road improvements
- Flood study needs
- Regional watershed plans
- Details of the current flood risk communication process
Why is this Important?
Because flood hazards change over time, this effort provides a great opportunity to take a comprehensive look at the components and activities that contribute to your community’s and your watershed’s flood risk. In addition to providing another perspective, participating in this process will increase your understanding of your flood risk and help you identify proactive steps you can take to protect your community from losses to life and property that often accompany flooding.
The Discovery Meeting – June 22, 2012 at 1:30 pm
American Legion Building
East Bernard, Texas
Once communities provide local flood risk and other data, a Discovery meeting will be held to display the findings and communicate where the identified areas of risk occur. The Discovery Meeting is held to review and validate the gathered flood risk data; discuss the community’s flooding history, development plans, flood mapping needs, and flood risk concerns; and to discuss the vision for the watershed’s future, as well as the importance of mitigation planning and community outreach. Please click here for a map and directions to the meeting.
The meeting was a great success. There were 28 attendees representing 12 communities or organizations. Please click here for a copy of the agenda and presentation.
San Bernard Discovery Interactive Web Map
Please click here to open the web map. The web map hosts FEMA floodplain information, LOMA locations, dam locations, stream gauge locations, wind gauge locations, hurricane evacuation routes, etc. Please note that you must zoom in before some of the layers will become visible. You may also visit the TCRFC web map page by clicking here.