Floodplain Management

Water On the Road: Turn Around, Don't Drown

The National Weather Service and the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management urge people to learn the dangers of driving into flooded roadways. Drivers often underestimate the power of floodwater. When there’s water running across a road, drivers should always turn around and choose a different route.

Important Driving Flood Facts

Never drive into water running across a road. These are the facts:
  • Six inches of water will reach the bottom of most passenger cars, causing loss of control and possible stalling. Note: The street curb is only 6 inches high.
  • Twelve inches of water will float many cars.
  • Two feet of rushing water will carry off pick-up trucks, SUVs and most other vehicles.
  • Water across a road may hide a missing segment of roadbed, manhole covers or a missing bridge. Roads weaken under floodwater and drivers should proceed cautiously after waters have receded. Roads may collapse under the weight of the vehicle.
For additional information, access the National Weather Service's Southern Region Headquarters online resource.

FEMA Releases the Letter of Final Determination

  • West University Place, Texas - June 18, 2007 is the City's current FEMA Floodplain Map.
Effective on June 18, 2007, flood insurance costs/requirements may be affected. There may be benefits to purchasing flood insurance now because the easiest way to qualify for grandfathering is to have a flood insurance policy in place at the time of the effective date of the new maps. We encourage residents to contact their insurance company or agent to obtain more specific information.