Floodplain Management

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The purpose of this portion of the City’s website is to provide the citizens of North Richland Hills with information and resources to familiarize themselves with the subject of flooding, and to become acquainted with the City’s policies and programs related to flooding and floodplain management.

Floods are one of the most common hazards in the United States. Flood effects can be local, impacting a neighborhood or community, or very large, affecting entire river basins and multiple states.  However, all floods are not alike. Some floods develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. But flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few minutes and without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that carries rocks, mud, and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path. Overland flooding occurs outside a defined river or stream.

It is important to be aware of flood hazards no matter where you live.  Even very small streams, gullies, creeks, culverts, dry streambeds, or low-lying ground that appears harmless in dry weather can flood.  Every state is at risk from this hazard.

Additional information on flood insurance coverage and requirements, flood protection measures, flood safety, and property and building protection is available in floodplain “libraries” maintained by the City of North Richland Hills both at the NRH Public Library in the reference section and in the Public Works Department at City Hall.  Property owners can take actions in advance of a flood to provide protection for their property.  Floodplain maps and helpful FEMA publications “Homeowner’s Guide to Retrofitting" and “Design Guidelines for Flood Damage Reduction” are in these libraries, as are several other useful documents.

 For more information on floodplain management, please contact the Engineering Division of Public Works at 817-427-6400.

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