Preparing for a Storm

Preparing for a Storm

Last Modified: 01/22/2021 10:50 PM

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Preparing for a Storm

Stormwater Detention: How it works

Stormwater detention basins are a place to store potentially damaging floodwaters temporarily until the channels can safely carry the water away. As flat as Harris County is, most of our stormwater storage has to be excavated. The Flood Control District uses stormwater detention extensively to reduce the risk of flooding throughout the county. Read more.

Get Flood Insurance

Harris County and the incorporated cities within the county are participants in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). The NFIP is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Everyone living in a participating community can buy flood insurance through the NFIP. Therefore, if you live in Harris County, you are eligible to purchase a flood insurance policy through the NFIP! Read more.

Keeping our Flood Control channels clear

Downed trees and other storm debris can impede stormwater flow, especially along natural forested channels. Removing this debris was a high priority for the Flood Control District and its Hurricane Harvey recovery effort. While disaster-related debris removal is complete, the Flood Control District will continue to address channel debris as part of its regular routine maintenance program. Read more.