Flood Damage Reduction Tools
The Harris County Flood Control District utilizes a number of techniques, or primary "tools," to reduce flood damages throughout the county. Generally speaking, these tools are implemented in flood damage reduction projects. However, there are instances where some tools are used outside the realm of project implementation.
Some of the primary options the District considers for flood damage reduction are termed "structural" tools, while others are termed "non-structural" tools. There are a variety of criteria that determine which tools are most appropriate to use when implementing a project. Two of the most important criteria are how much flood damage reduction benefit is gained by the total dollars invested in the project and making sure the project selected has appropriate regard for community and natural values.