From 1999 to June 2014, Watershed Protection concentrated on buying flood-prone houses within the Corps Project Area. In 2014, the Onion Creek buyout project was expanded to include hundreds more homes at risk near William Cannon Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road.
Offers are based on the current fair market value, but there are also relocation and moving benefits. Most people who have been through the buyout process have given us positive feedback.
The yellow and green reflect the 100-year and 25-year project areas.
Note: In March 2017, 32 properties were removed from the 100 and 25-year project areas due to reduced flood risk revealed by updates to the floodplain maps. The map and numbers on this page have been altered to reflect this change.
100-Year Project Area
In March 2015, the Austin City Council authorized us to begin voluntary buyouts for the 100-year project area. There are 203 houses in this area. As of January 2018, 192 of these houses have been purchased.
25-Year Project Area
In 2014, the Watershed Protection Department began the process of buying out 137 homes in the 25-year floodplain outside the Corps project area. As of January 2018, 133 of these houses have been purchased.