Wichita Falls Turns In FEMA Report - Newschannel 6 Now | Wichita Falls, TX

Wichita Falls Turns In FEMA Report

If you've driven in Wichita Falls this year, you've probably felt the relief as those orange cones started coming down at Kemp and Southwest Parkway.  The city has completed a report on its storm water improvement projects.

All the recent construction has likely done more than you think for flood prevention.
As storm water engineer Glenn Soerens explains, the city sends a status update to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, each year.

"It's a report about what we're doing to address our flooding problems.  It's part of the National Flood Insurance Program," he said.

This year's report lists the expected results of the near-finished Faith Village project on Kemp.  Soerens says flooding was the main reason the construction got under way.

"There were houses that were getting flooded pretty constantly, and a large number of homes that could flooded," he said.

In fact, there were hundreds of nearby homes on the 100-year flood plane, meaning they had a 1% chance of flooding every year.  As a result of these storm water improvement projects, more than 200 homes have been taken off the flood plane.  According to the report, the Faith Village Project also moved 18 properties from the 100-year flood plane to the 500-year plane, and more than 50 others off the plane altogether.

"We tend to focus our storm water dollars on removing houses or removing recurring flooding problems from the flood plane," Soerens said.

The report also shows the city is looking ahead to the future.  A master plan prioritizes the top 15 of about 60 areas with flooding issues based on safety, property damage, and road flooding.

"This is something we compiled.  We didn't want to go haphazardly choosing projects and be accused of favoritism," Soerens said.

The list of 15 tentative projects is still in the works, but Soerens says it should be done by the end of the year.  He guesses the next storm water improvement project could start sometime in 2011.

Spencer Blake, Newschannel 6

  • News HeadlinesNewsMore>>

  • Trump says he'll be 'signing something' on detained children

    Trump says he'll be 'signing something' on detained children

    Wednesday, June 20 2018 11:21 AM EDT2018-06-20 15:21:21 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:42 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:42:37 GMT
    A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)A boy stares out of a heavily tinted bus window leaving a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility Tuesday in McAllen, TX. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

    Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

  • Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

    Tuesday, June 19 2018 12:00 PM EDT2018-06-19 16:00:59 GMT
    Friday, June 22 2018 8:15 AM EDT2018-06-22 12:15:07 GMT
    (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...(Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File). FILE - This is a Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2008 file photo, showing a general view of the Human Rights Room (Room XX) at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Diplomats say the United...
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.
    The Trump administration is poised to announce its departure from the United Nations' main human rights body in its latest withdrawal from an international institution.
  • Landavazo family will unveil memorial for families that lost children

    Landavazo family will unveil memorial for families that lost children

    Friday, June 22 2018 5:08 AM EDT2018-06-22 09:08:32 GMT
    Life has not been easy for Vern and Bianka Landavazo after their daughter was shot and killed when walking home from school the Friday before Labor Day in 2016, but the couple knew they weren't alone.  SOURCE: CHRISTMAS BOX ANGELLife has not been easy for Vern and Bianka Landavazo after their daughter was shot and killed when walking home from school the Friday before Labor Day in 2016, but the couple knew they weren't alone. SOURCE: CHRISTMAS BOX ANGEL
    Life has not been easy for Vern and Bianka Landavazo after their daughter was shot and killed when walking home from school the Friday before Labor Day in 2016, but the couple knew they weren't alone.  SOURCE: CHRISTMAS BOX ANGELLife has not been easy for Vern and Bianka Landavazo after their daughter was shot and killed when walking home from school the Friday before Labor Day in 2016, but the couple knew they weren't alone. SOURCE: CHRISTMAS BOX ANGEL

    Life has not been easy for Vern and Bianka Landavazo after their daughter was shot and killed when walking home from school the Friday before Labor Day in 2016, but the couple knew they weren't alone. 

    Life has not been easy for Vern and Bianka Landavazo after their daughter was shot and killed when walking home from school the Friday before Labor Day in 2016, but the couple knew they weren't alone. 

Powered by Frankly