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Harris County Launches Website For Next Generation Flood Risk Mapping

Information about the MAAPnext project is available from the Harris County Flood Control District.

The Houston region will get new flood hazard maps.

New technologically-advanced flood maps are in the works for the Houston area, but they’re still years away from completion. The Harris County Flood Control District has launched a website to help residents keep up with the progress of the MAAPnext initiative.

“It gives you the ability to get in touch with us, and if you want to get regular updates on this project and hear information as it comes out, then this is the place to do it,” said HCFCD project manager Brian Edmondson.

When the new maps come out, Houstonians will get a better picture of flood risk for the first time in over a decade. That’s significant because, according to the district, one-third of all flood insurance claims in the county occur outside of a mapped 100-year floodplain.

Edmondson said the website will feature an interactive tool so people can view the maps once they’re ready in 2021.

“We will be coming out with new flood risk information, new types of flood risk information that the public hasn’t seen before, so this is our chance to explain what that is and how to use it,” Edmondson said.

Users will be able to enter an address on the website and see an individual property’s flood risks.

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