Storm surge study provides update on flood risks in Chambers and the coastal areas of Harris Counties
DENTON, Texas – The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is updating flood maps in the Texas counties of Harris and Chambers following the release of a new, comprehensive storm surge study that gives updated information on coastal flood risks. This update only affects the coastal areas of Harris County.
As FEMA works to update the new flood maps, the agency is working closely with its federal, state and local partners to help these coastal communities better understand the current flood risk so that action can be taken to reduce that risk.
Meetings with local officials have already taken place and open houses for the general public are currently being scheduled. The local workshops provide an opportunity for local officials to review the storm surge study methods and get an update on the project’s progress. The open houses help to educate the public about the current flood risk in their area.
The Texas-based coastal flood mapping effort is part of FEMA’s comprehensive approach to integrating flood hazard identification and analysis with risk communications for affected coastal counties. In addition to the two counties, the effort also includes Aransas, Brazoria, Calhoun, Cameron, Galveston, Jackson, Jefferson, Kleberg, Matagorda, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria and Willacy counties.
FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.