With tropical storms Alberto and Beryl having already made pre-hurricane season appearances and marks in the Atlantic, the Harris County Flood Control District advises residents to prepare and plan now. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 and the Harris County Flood Control District reminds Harris County residents to create a preparedness plan.
According to the HCFCD, the natural landscape of Harris County presents prime conditions for severe flooding: “With our region’s relatively flat terrain and impermeable clay soils, flooding is a risk residents face when a tropical storm or hurricane targets the Gulf Coast. While securing your family’s safety is the top priority in preparedness efforts, also important is understanding the potentially high cost of repairing flood-damaged structures without flood insurance. According to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)’s official website (www.floodsmart.gov), just 1 inch of water inside a 2,000-square-foot home could result in approximately $21,000 in damages. Six inches inside the same home could cost approximately $40,000. Those costs continue to rise with the size of the structure affected and the depth of flooding.”
HCFCD reminds residents to know flooding risks: “All residents of Harris County are vulnerable to flooding to varying degrees. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs or floodplain maps) help determine areas at risk for flooding from bayous, streams and their tributaries overflowing.”
To learn more about the efforts of the Harris County Flood Control District, visit the HCFCD website and learn of the tools and assistance they can provide for you and your family during hurricane season.