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State of Texas Flood Assessment

Friday, September 21, 2018  
Posted by: Michael Hancock
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Member Update

September 21, 2018




The Texas Water Development Board has released for public comment a draft of the State Flood Assessment.

The assessment is based on a survey of a number of stakeholders, primarily local officials and flood plain administrators. It concludes that significant funding is required to mitigate flooding in Texas. Stakeholders cited funding to implement mitigation projects as their single biggest need. Although flood mitigation is largely a local responsibility, most communities do not have the resources – or the geographic scale – to accomplish their goal.

Anticipated statewide flood mitigation costs are estimated in the assessment to be $31.5 billion over the next ten years. The report estimates that because of constraints on local funding, communities face a funding gap of $18 billion to $26 billion. These figures do not include projects associated with Hurricane Harvey, large projects such as the coastal spine or the third reservoir being discussed for the Houston area, or the rehabilitation of high hazard dams across the state. The capital needs are clearly large.

In addition, the report suggests needs in technical assistance, improved flood mapping, and coordinated watershed-based flood planning.

The comment period is open until October 3. You can access the draft report by clicking here. You can comment directly on behalf of your clients or firm via email to . Or if you have comments you would like to provide via ACEC Texas, please send them to us by September 28.

This assessment is likely to drive much of the conversation during the 86th Legislature about what the State's response should be. Several leaders have already called for appropriating funds from the State's Economic Stabilization Fund (or "Rainy Day Fund") for projects that increase flood resiliency.



Few individuals in recent years have been more important figures in the Texas engineering industry than Bill Ratliff. Bill served as a principal in several firms and as a State Senator and Lt. Governor of Texas.

The University of Texas at Tyler is working to recognize Governor Ratliff by creating the Bill and Sally Ratliff Distinguished Professorship in Political Science. (The University has also named its engineering building after Ratliff.) If you or your firm is interesting in contributing to this project, click here to make an on-line donation or contact Garrett Hill at for more information.



Discounted early-bird registration for the Texas A/E Industry Conference ends Monday, September 24. This event is co-sponsored by ACEC Texas and Morrissey Goodale and will include speakers and panels on the Texas economy, politics, various market sectors (water, transportation commercial markets) and more.

The event is October 24-25 in San Antonio, with the main session on the 25th as well as several workshops on the 24th. ACEC Texas members can get discounted registration by using these codes:

ACECTX ($75 off conference only)

ACECWORKSHOP ($100 off workshop only)

ACECCW ($175 off conference/workshop combo)

For more information click here. Or contact Michael Hancock of our staff for more information - .


Calendar of Events

  • October 18 - ACEC Texas Board of Directors Meeting
  • October 24-25: Texas A/E Industry Conference co-sponsored by ACEC Texas and Morrissey Goodale (San Antonio)
  • October 28-31: ACEC Fall Conference (Las Vegas)
  • November 30-December 1: ACEC Texas Public Affairs Conference (Nashville)

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Go to for current articles on construction, engineering, public works, transportation, politics and more including:

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