Tuesday, October 30, 2012

If the creek don't rise...

Those of you who read that "City Matters" snail-mail circular that League City sends to all residents may have noticed a provocative article on the fifth page of the October 2012 edition.  Here is a PDF of that (for as long as its link remains active) if you'd like to view it. 

The title of the article is "League City is getting new flood maps", and it's basically an introduction to the fact that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is in the process of remapping Galveston County, apparently in much the same manner as was done for Harris County under an initiative referred to as the Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project (TSARP; the original FEMA website now re-directs to this Harris County Flood Control District series of pages). 
One of the iconic scenes from Tropical Storm Allison:  The Southwest Freeway's depressed section near Montrose.  Photo from Wikipedia.
Regarding this new mapping initiative, here is an interactive web page that Galveston County residents can review:
Screengrab from:
Here's a closer-in zoom.  Centerpointe is located just to the right of the scale bar. 
At this point, I will reserve most comments on this new mapping initiative, other than to note that no stippling or color shading changes appear to be affecting Centerpointe subdivision on the maps as they are currently presented on this FEMA site - in particular, none visible on this screengrab above.   

You can expect to hear a lot more about this topic both from League City officials and via commercial news media as the mapping project continues to progress.  I lived in Harris County several years ago during the adoption of the newer TSARP maps and, whoa, things were tense there for quite some time as folks focussed on how the updated flood hazard designations impacted both existing properties and new development interests.  Here is one old Chronicle story (for as long as its URL remains intact) which describes some of what transpired.

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