HometownBell County


Nolan Creek Flood Protection Study to be sent to Texas Water Development Board

Posted at 5:44 PM, May 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-17 19:01:41-04

HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — The Nolan Creek Flood Protection Study is almost complete.

Central Texas Council of Governments shared a while back that they received a grant through the Texas Water Development Board to develop an early warning system local flood response plan and/or flood protection plan for Nolan Creek.

The study has been going on for almost two years.

It all started as a way to try to figure out what steps can be taken to reduce damage from flooding that occurs in the Nolan Creek watershed area.

Officials said anytime the region gets heavy rainfall, you can notice a substantial increase of water levels at Nolan Creek.

People across the region have participated in the study and provided feedback.

On Thursday, the Central Texas Council of Governments hosted a public meeting Thursday to present a status report on the study.

"The main takeaway is this study was done in an effort to for overall public safety purposes. To give responders the ability to maybe respond better as well as to be able to alert the public with some additional advanced warning services," said Uryan Nelson, the planning and regional services division director for Central Texas Council of Governments.

The last stakeholder meeting for the study is set to be held next week. And they say at that point they'll have all the information and data they need to be sent off to the Texas Water Development Board for approval.

The study will be finalized in August.

"Some possible outcomes of the Nolan Creek study as they've come out are new regional detention ponds to mitigate some floods, channel improvements and new flood plan maps that possibly could be used for flood plan information in the future," said Nelson.