Flooding and Floodplains in the Houston Area: Past, Present and Future

FEMA Flood Hazard Layer Viewer. Shows Humble-Kingwood-Atascocita-Corridor on West Fork of San Jacinto. Floodway (hatched), 100-year flood plain (aqua) and brown (500-year) flood plains are superimposed.

This Friday, from 7-9pm, Dr. William Dupre from the University of Houston Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences will conduct a  free Informational Workshop on flooding and flood plains sponsored by the Houston Geological Society. The event is free and open for the public.

Flooding in the Houston area over the last three years has caused residents and professionals alike to reconsider how we evaluate and respond to flood hazards in the region.
Dr. Dupre will discuss:
  • How watersheds and floodplains are defined and mapped
  • How individuals can obtain (and understand) information on local watersheds and floodplain maps
  • Recent floods, including how floods are measured and how flood frequency is calculated
  • How and why floods and floodplains in Houston have changed in the past, and are likely to change in the future
  • Possible approaches to reducing flood risk in the future.


Where:    Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Dr, Kingwood, TX 77345

When:     Friday, August 24th, 7-9 PM

Speaker: Dr. William R. Dupre’, University of Houston, Dept. of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

To reserve a seat: Please call the Houston Geological Society office (713) 463-9476 before 4 pm Thursday, August 23, or send your request to jajordan@hgs.org, and put “Kingwood Reservation” in the subject line.


Additional Information on Bond Proposal

The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) Preliminary Draft of 2018 BOND PROPOSED PROJECTS is available at:the Harris County Flood Control District website.

The actual text of the Bond Proposal and Election can found at https://www.hcfcd.org/media/2855/bpl.pdf

This program is a community outreach effort by the Continuing Education Committee of the Houston Geological Society, the largest local geological society in the world.  The event is posted on their website.  Go to www.hgs.org; on the blue banner click on CALENDAR; on the Calendar page click on August 24.

Remember, the final day to vote for the flood bond is August 25, this Saturday, at your regular polling place. Please VOTE FOR it.

Posted by Bob Rehak on August 23, 2018

359 Days since Hurricane Harvey