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Fort Worth Stormwater Management

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When rain hits any hard surface, such as your roof or driveway, it can't soak into the ground so it runs off your property. Uncontrolled runoff can lead to flooding, erosion and pollution problems. It is the city's job to help control this runoff.

The city's Stormwater Management program is working to modernize the Fort Worth storm water system and educate the public about the dangers of flash flooding.

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Stormwater Management Program Master Plan

The Stormwater Management Program has completed an intensive, year-long effort to develop a strategic program master plan that is realistic, well-prioritized, and responsive to community needs. The overarching goal of this effort was to help ensure the optimal use of program resources to advance the City’s strategic goals and respond to community needs in each of the four primary program elements:

  • System maintenance
  • Flood/erosion mitigation
  • Flood/erosion warning and
  • Private development review

The plan also outlines formal policy guidance needs and identifies key considerations, which will be used in the future processes to develop each policy.

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Floodplain Management Plan

The City of Fort Worth is working on a Floodplain Management Plan for the entire city. This will be the first part of a growing public planning and interaction program being led by the Stormwater Management Division.

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Protect What Matters, Know Your Flood Risks

Find out if your flood risk is low, moderate or high before the next storm hits, so you can take steps to protect your home or business. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) publishes Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) which show the different flood zones that designate the risk.

To find your property, visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center and type in your address. You can also email floodplain@fortworthtexas.gov for assistance in determining flood risks or obtaining documents.

Due to the extensive reported flooding risks citywide outside of FEMA floodplains and the limited resources to help lessen these risks, a policy is necessary to provide city staff and the community with guidance for mapping, communication and regulating local flood risks. A Local Floodplain stakeholder committee has been formed to help with guidance in forming a policy. In addition, the following public meetings are scheduled in 2018 to gather public input:

Stormwater Local Floodplain Policy Public Meetings

  • Dec. 3, 2018 6:30 p.m.
    University of North Texas Health Science Center,
    Ead Building, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fifth Floor Room 506
  • Dec. 6, 2018 6:30 p.m.
    Diamond Hill Community Center,
    1701 N.E. 36th St.

When it comes to protecting your personal safety and that of others, don’t risk your life when you come upon a roadway covered in water. Turn Around, Don’t Drown!

Flood Information

Residents of Fort Worth can obtain flood information concerning flooding, flood maps, mandatory flood insurance purchase requirements, and flood zone determinations from the City of Fort Worth's Transportation & Public Works Department (Stormwater Management Division) located at City Hall or by calling 817-392-6261.

Elevation certificates of some properties located in the Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA’s) are on file in the Engineering Vault of the Transportation and Public Works Department located in City Hall. Copies of the available elevation certificates are available upon request.

Real-time river gauge information is available through the National Weather Service.