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City's flood warning system expands

Posted Dec. 5, 2018

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More people die each year from flooding than from lightning, tornadoes or hurricanes, and nearly half of all flash flood fatalities are vehicle related.

Flooding also affects properties in Fort Worth, where from Jan. 1, 2017, through Oct. 31 of this year, 19 FEMA flood claims were filed for damaged property and more than $100,000 in claims were paid. That’s why it’s important to have a reliable flood warning system in the most flood-prone areas.

Protecting people and property from harmful stormwater runoff is a top priority. A community meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Dec. 12 at the Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave., to update the community on the new flood warning system and to get feedback on the Draft Flood Response Plan.

The new flood warning system uses the existing system’s communication infrastructure as much as possible and includes improved weather data collection, expanded flood gage network, new software, real-time data and a flood response plan.

The city’s current flood warning system relies on water level measurements made at 52 low-water crossings throughout the city. Roadside flashers are installed at these locations to immediately warn drivers of a flood hazard. At the same time, text and email alerts to emergency responders are issued when the water level sensors of each flasher system are triggered from rising water.

A grant from the Texas Water Development Board is providing development support for system improvements, and stormwater utility fees will fund the project too.

To learn more about the project, contact Ranjan S. Muttiah at 817-392-7919.

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Regional Transportation Council : 1 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; North Central Texas Council of Governments, First Floor, Transportation Council Room, 616 Six Flags Drive, Arlington, TX 76011.
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Community Action Partners Council: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Union, First Floor, Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Fort Worth Housing Solutions Board of Commissioners: 5 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; FWHS Administrative Office Board Room, 1201 East 13th Street.
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Intersection Improvements Basswood at U.S. 377 and Kroger Drive at U.S. 377 Project Meeting: 6 p.m. Dec. 13, 2018; Alliance United Methodist Church, 7904 Park Vista Blvd.

Minority and Women Business Enterprise Advisory Committee: 11:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2018; James E. Guinn Building, First Floor, Pharma Fab Conference Room #116, 1150 South Freeway.
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Holiday Movie Night at North Tri Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 14, 2018; North Tri-Ethnic Community Center, 2950 Roosevelt Ave.

Code Rangers: 9 a.m. Dec. 15, 2018; Hazel Harvey Peace Center for Neighborhoods, 818 Missouri Ave.

Mayor Betsy’s Jingle Bike & Ball: 10 a.m. Dec. 15, 2018; Chesapeake Plaza, 100 Pier 1 Plaza.

Trinity Metro Board of Directors: 3:30 p.m. Dec. 17, 2018; Intermodal Transportation Center, Second Floor, Community Room, 1001 Jones Street.
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Disciplinary Appeal of Three-Day Suspension of Roger Ballard: 9 a.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex, Classroom #1134, 505 W. Felix Street.
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Deferred Compensation Oversight Committee Special Meeting: 1:30 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Fort Worth City Credit Union Board Room, 2309 Montgomery Street.
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Canceled City Council Work Session: 3 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; City Council Conference Room 290, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Civil Service Commission: 6 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Bob Bolen Public Safety Complex Auditorium, 505 W. Felix Street.
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Christmas Social at Hillside Community Center: 6 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Hillside Community Center, 1201 E. Maddox.

Canceled City Council Meeting: 7 p.m. Dec. 18, 2018; Council Chambers, Second Floor, City Hall, 200 Texas Street.

Commercial Board of Adjustment Work Session: 9 a.m. Dec. 19, 2018; City Hall, Second Floor, Council Conference Room 290, 200 Texas Street.

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