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Belton teams up with local cities to deal with flood issues

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Belton city officials recently entered into an interlocal agreement with the cities of Killeen and Harker Heights for a Nolan Creek Early Flood Warning System.

The warning system will consist of three to four monitoring stations along the Nolan Creek in each of the cities.

The monitors track the amount of rainfall, the stream depth, and the rate of flow at the waterway. The raw data is sent to a centralized computer that processes the information and threat level. The computer then displays the data, tests for alarms, and executes the appropriate notifications to officials.

City leaders hope the new system will help them prepare better for catastrophic flooding scenarios.

Belton has already set up their first station along Paddy Hamilton Road.

"This will be the first time that we are actually able to monitor the flow of the creek and actually have data read outs, so this will really help us prepare first responders hours before a flooding event," city of Belton PIO, Paul Romer, said.

Residents who live in the Nolan Creek watershed, which runs from Copperas Cove all the way to Belton, know what seasonal rains can do to the small creek.

"Nobody really understands the power of water until you see it or dealt with it," Ronnie Schoepf said.

Ronnie owns Schoepf's BBQ, near downtown Belton, which saw more than two feet of water inside the restaurant during the 2010 flood.

"It was the most devastating, terrible, in shock period of time that my family had ever went through," Schoepf said.

Ronnie admits while there is no way to prevent a major flood, the ability to have more time to prepare or get away would be priceless.

"Anything we can do to prevent our employee safety, our neighbor's safety, the people that live in this area of Belton, you know we don't want to see any fatalities come from flooding because it was pretty large last time," Schoepf said.

Officials said a formal agreement on the plan still needs to be finalized, but is expected to be signed sometime next week.

Once signed, the new monitoring systems will be in place by next Spring.

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