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Montgomery County And The City Of Conroe Want To Improve Its Flood Warning Systems

The Texas Water Development Board and the San Jacinto River Authority are also part of a project to make warnings more efficient.

One of the goals of the project is to better predict flood levels downstream from the Lake Conroe dam.
One of the goals of the project is to better predict flood levels downstream from the Lake Conroe dam.

Flooding is an increasing problem in Montgomery County and Conroe, and that has led county and city officials to want to improve its flood warning systems.

The county and the city are working together on a flood protection project and researching how to improve early warning systems.

The Texas Water Development Board and the San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) are also part of the project and are providing most of the funding.

The area where the river’s west fork intersects with Kingwood is just one of the places that flooded last year and the region’s growth is a factor to keep in mind.

“You get more and more people in areas that are not necessarily in the flood plain but, with development occurring in some of the areas that are not far out of the flood plain, we’re seeing more and more people being affected by those events,” Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal points out.

The project entails installing more modern flood gauges and improving the antennas that receive data about rainfall levels.

That will also help to predict flood levels downstream from the Lake Conroe dam, according to David Parkhill, who is in charge of the Raw Water Enterprise at the SJRA.

“This will bring it up to the same technology that the Harris County Flood Control District uses for one and is being standardized throughout the region,” Parkhill notes

The county and the other parties involved in the project are spending 920,000 dollars.

 

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