District launches Houston area flood risk data online tool

GALVESTON, Texas (Sept. 1, 2016) – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District launched a web-based tool today, called the Metropolitan Houston Regional Watershed and Waterway Flood Risk Management Systems Performance Evaluation, to inform users about local flooding events and provide updates regarding the district’s flood risk management system capabilities.

“This tool is designed to be easily modified using filters and data layers to enable users to obtain the most up-to-date information about the Houston area flood risk management program,” said Coraggio Maglio, chief of Hydraulics and Hydrology Branch at the USACE Galveston District. “The story map contains data ranging from historic flood events to the USACE Dam Safety Program, available on an interactive web application to make it easy for users to find information. Additionally, it serves as a resource for local, state and federal agencies when developing integrated plans for improved flood risk management programs.”

Ric Vera, geospatial program manager with the USACE Galveston District, explained that users seeking to quickly customize geospatial-populated information related recent floods will find this tool useful. “This technology provides users with a visual approach to better understand the last several decades of flooding in the Houston area and how the multiple watersheds play a role,” said Vera. “Having this online story map tool is just one more way of communicating the flooding challenges we are working with our partners to manage in order to save lives and protect property,” said Vera.

The online tool can be accessed at https://biturl.io/SarSN4.

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