Gov. Greg Abbott has proclaimed the week of May 18-22 as Flood Awareness Week in Texas. The City of Denton wants all residents and visitors to remember to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown” when faced with flooding and flash flooding.

According to Gov. Abbott’s proclamation, flooding and flash flooding can create hazards any time of the year. It is important that Texans understand the dangers, pay attention to flood watches and warnings, assemble a “preparedness kit” if they are in a flood-prone area, and have an emergency plan and communication strategy in case of evacuation.

In recognition of Flood Awareness Week, the City is encouraging residents to review flood safety tips and maps that show local flood hazard areas. The City has a layer available on its GIS maps that is useful in helping to determine if you live in a floodplain. The “FEMA” link on the right of map can be clicked to show the areas of risk. These include the floodway (or the location where water can fill to during normal more common storm events) in dark blue, the 1% (formerly 100-year) floodplain in light blue and the 0.2% change (formerly 500-year) floodplain in red. There is a lot of different information in this data, and it is constantly being updated by City staff. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments. Residents are encouraged to take precautions, stay alert in adverse weather conditions, and consider purchasing flood insurance, even if they do not live in a floodplain.

Flooding is a natural and often unpredictable occurrence. It can happen anywhere, even in low risk areas. City staff encourage all residents and businesses in Denton to review their property information and look into flood insurance. Visit the National Weather Service's website to learn what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Residents can also go to the Texas Floodplain Management Association’s website at to find additional helpful resources.

Contact: Michael Smith P.E., Senior Drainage Engineer and Floodplain Administrator, (940) 349-7656,

Image taken on April 24, 2007.

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