Input sought from local residents on flood warning systems

Nolan Creek. (Photo by Neal Klaeser/file)
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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Central Texas is no stranger to flash flooding from heavy rains that can threaten lives and property.

Residents are being asked to share their experiences to help update warning systems that can help warn of impending danger at a meeting at 6 p.m. Monday at the Killeen Civic and Conference Center at 3601 South W. S. Young Dr.

The Central Texas Council of Governments received a grant to develop an early warning system and local flood response plan for Nolan Creek.

The covered areas include Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Nolanville, Brazos River Authority, Bell County Water Control & Improvement District (WCID) #6 and TWDB.

The study began in February 2017, but a meeting has recently been scheduled to get feedback from residents on the study’s progress.

Input will also be used to help update warning services like the Code Red emergency system.

“There are gauges throughout Nolan Creek at different intervals. Updating of those gauges may provide better and more accurate forecasting information for flood events,” says Uryan Nelson, CTCOG Planning & Regional Services Director.

He is encouraging residents to come to the meeting and share personal experiences that can add to the study and updated flood map.

“They can bring any flood damage they've seen- we're still taking that information in as well as any opinions on what they see on the map that could be a discrepancy,” he adds.

The study is expected to be complete in August 2019.

The results of updating the flood map could also play into FEMA coverage and flood insurance rates.

Residents can also use the interactive mapping tool (link provided) to document locations of flood damage, high water marks, and other data.