Fort Worth Stormwater Management
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.
- Flood Warning System
- Flood safety
- Flood insurance
- Drainage system maintenance
- Development in the floodplain
- Floodplain Management and Regulations
- Grading Permit Process
- Integrated Stormwater Management (iSWM)
- 2020 Stormwater Fee Increase
Planning & Project Spotlight
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.
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.
Drainage Improvement Projects
The Stormwater Management Program improves drainage and reduces erosion though construction of projects.
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.
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 working group has been formed to help with guidance in forming a policy. In addition, the following public meetings were held 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 Warning Information
The City of Fort Worth Flood Warning Information is designed to provide real-time flood warning risk levels, in order to protect people from hazardous flood conditions.
Residents can see real-time flood warning information at monitored low-water road crossings. The Flood Threat link shows whether the road crossing is experiencing no known threat ("NONE"), potential conditions for flooding ("CAUTION"), or has overtopped ("AVOID").
See flood information here.
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.
- View Stormwater Utility rates and other information.
- If you have reported a stormwater issue or received a door tag from city staff, let us know about your experience.
Find data about your address, including if your property falls within a regulatory floodplain or is in an area that is potentially flood prone.
- Association of State Floodplain Managers
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Federal Emergency Management Administration
- National Flood Insurance Program
- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
- National Weather Service
- North Central Texas Council of Governments
- Tarrant County
- Tarrant Regional Water District
- Texas Water Development Board
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Texas Department of Transportation
- Trinity River Authority
- Trinity River Vision
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Flood damages in Fort Worth occur more often outside the FEMA floodplains than inside.
- The flood insurance policies outside the floodplain have experienced 73 percent more damages than inside the FEMA floodplain.
- Just a few inches of water from a flood can cause tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Source: National Flood Insurance Program