Having increased knowledge and awareness of possible flooding in Bryan better prepares citizens for possible emergencies.
Bryan's local flood hazard Bryan is similar to other cities located in the eastern part of Texas with mostly flat terrain and some rolling hills, significant amounts of urban impervious cover (concrete, asphalt, and homes), slow-absorbing soil, and potential for heavy rainfall from thunderstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes all combine to form ideal conditions for flooding. Due to its humid-subtropical climate and general proximity to the Texas coast, Bryan is susceptible to large amounts of rainfall that are often too great for its infrastructure and creeks to handle. The city's streets and thoroughfares drain into the following creek systems: Carters, Burton, Briar, Hudson, Thompson, Still, Cottonwood Branch and Turkey. These creeks then drain into either the Brazos River or the Navasota River.
Current water level information for the Brazos River at State Highway 21
can be accessed
online here. Current water level information for the Navasota River at Old San Antonio
Road (OSR) can be accessed
Importance of flood insurance Future flooding in the Bryan area will undoubtedly occur. Predicting when and where the next flood will take place is virtually impossible. Even though your property may not be located in the floodplain, it is still possible your property may incur damage caused by flooding. Homeowners insurance does not cover flood damage; however, flood insurance backed by the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is unconditionally available to all residents in Bryan. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has introduced a new flood insurance rating option for the NFIP to help reduce the financial burden placed on property owners whose buildings are newly mapped into a high-risk flood area. Flood insurance can be purchased from the NFIP or through your local insurance agent. Contact your property insurance agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov for more information.
Dispelling Myths about Flood Insurance Click on the link below to view some common myths and misconceptions about flood insurance.
Floodplain development and substantial improvement/damage requirements All development within the floodplain is required, by City ordinance, to have development permits. Elevation Certificates are official documents prepared by Registered Professional Engineers licensed in the state of Texas or by licensed Professional Land Surveyors that provide specific elevation and flood zone information for structures located in the 100-year floodplain. Elevation certificates and development permits are on file and available at the City of Bryan Engineering Offices in the Municipal Building, 300 South Texas Avenue. Substantially damaged or improved structures require special permits and documents. Storm water management-related information on development and building standards under the City of Bryan's Code of Ordinances
may be referenced at the following link: http://www.municode.com. Navigate to the City of Bryan Code of Ordinances and select Chapter 10, "Flood Prevention and Protection".
Property protection In the event of a flood warning, and if time is sufficient, relocate your furniture and belongings to a higher elevation in your home. Place important documents in a dry location and preserve as much water and non-perishable food as possible. To protect property from future floods, permanent retrofitting structures, such as elevating foundations and floodproofing basements, should be considered. The City of Bryan's Floodplain Management Ordinance requires all new or substantially improved properties to elevate the lowest finished floor to a minimum of one foot above the 100-year floodplain. Floodproofing also is an acceptable structural method for protecting a non-residential structure from flooding. Information about these and other floodproofing measures is available at the Bryan Public Library.
Helping to reduce flooding in the city A floodplain is the normally dry area, usually low land, adjacent to a stream, river, lake, watercourse, or bayou that is inundated on a periodic basis with flood waters. Floodplains are natural features that serve to detain the stormwater from invading urbanized areas caused by overwhelmed drainage systems. Keeping the floodplains clear of adverse encroachments can help retain their beneficial functions. While the City does have a storm sewer and maintenance program, keeping all drainage systems clear at all times is almost impossible. As a citizen, you can assist by keeping the banks of ditches, streams, and creeks clear of brush and debris, and not allowing grass clippings, oil, or other contaminants in storm sewer inlets. Dumping of debris into ditches, streams, or creeks is a major cause of local drainage problems, and is a violation of the Bryan Code of Ordinances. To report a violation or a maintenance problem, please contact the City's Municipal Services Center at 979-209-5900.
Bryan Floodplain Management Plan
On April 10, 2007 the City of Bryan adopted a Flood Mitigation Plan to create a strategy for implementing flood mitigation measures for the community. The plan identified several items for floodplain planning that the city has worked on implementing. These items include:
Minimize losses due to flooding and achieve a balance between natural open space and improvements for drainage
Preserve and protect unique open spaces, river corridors, drainage corridors and green spaces within the City and its Extraterritorial Jurisdiction
Develop a network of pedestrian and bicycle ways for hiking and cycling throughout Bryan
The Floodplain Management Plan may be viewed online here.
Each year a progress report is prepared as part of the City’s Community Rating System annual recertification process and copies of the progress report are provided to the Bryan City Council and made available to the news media and the public.
The intent of the report is to give a brief update on the City’s progress with respect to each of the plan objectives and goals, and to expand on the city’s future activities. The latest annual progress report for the plan may be found here
How to protect yourself and your family during a flood
Take your family and yourself to a safe location. Don't forget your pets; remember, they depend on you too.
Do not use electrical appliances that may have become wet. Stay away from power lines and electrical wires.
Do not walk through flowing water or drive through a flooded area. Ten inches of water on the roadway where water is flowing rapidly will carry away most cars and small trucks. Depth of water is hard to determine so when in doubt, play it safe and find an alternate route.
Listen for information by tuning to local radio and TV stations. Also, be aware of the Emergency Alert System and familiarize yourself with different warning signals. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Radio broadcasts current local weather information, watches, warnings, and forecasts 24 hours a day, and can be monitored on 162.400 mhz.