INTRODUCTION TO HARRIS COUNTY MAAPnext
(MODELING, ASSESSMENT AND AWARENESS PROJECT)
its inception in 1937, the Harris County Flood Control District has
continually worked to better understand flood risk throughout the
county. This project represents a transformative step in the management
and regulation of Harris County’s floodplains. Recent advancements in
hydrologic and hydraulic modeling software and methodologies will allow
HCFCD to identify and evaluate flood risks to a greater degree of
accuracy and detail than was previously possible.
These advancements will allow HCFCD to understand and map flooding
related to bayous, creeks and other natural drainage patterns.
Additionally, flood risk due to rainfall run-off draining through
streets and neighborhoods on the way to the bayous will also be
assessed. The resulting data will produce a variety of flood mapping
products that will allow area residents and business owners the
opportunity to better understand flooding risks to support their actions
and decisions in the future.
The Harris County Modeling,
Assessment and Awareness Project (MAAPnext) will develop the next
generation of flood mapping. Along with new Flood Insurance Rate Maps
(FIRMs), new tools will be developed for communicating the results of
this project. Changes are on the way for Harris County flood maps, and
we are ready to bring the region’s flood resistance and resilience to
the next level.