Watershed Protection is planning two projects to reduce flooding in the Oak Park and Oak Acres subdivisions.
Thank you to everyone who attended the Oak Park public meeting on November 16. If you missed the meeting, below are links to the PowerPoint presentation and a recording of the meeting.
The project will improve the low water crossing on Oak Blvd. to make the neighborhood more accessible during floods. We will also upgarde the drainage ditches and culverts to handle local runoff. For questions about Oak Acres, please email John Middleton, P.E., or call him at 512-974-3515.
A combination of solutions is needed. Among other changes, the project will include:
- Making changes to two channels so they can handle more water and have a natural look.
- Directing water from the west into the channels
- Enlarging culverts on Oakclaire Dr. and Parkwood Dr.
- Installing a new storm drain system.
For questions about Oak Park, please email Annabell del Castillo, P.E., or call her at 512-974-3486.
Capital improvement projects take many years from start to finish. The process includes the following phases:
- Preliminary Engineering – a solution is identified and costs are estimated.
- Design – the details are worked out and construction plans drawn up.
- Bidding and Permitting – a contractor is hired and all permits are acquired.
Both projects are completing design and will be submitted to permitting before the end of 2022. Construction for Oak Acres is anticipated to begin in late 2023 or 2024. Construction for Oak Park is anticipated to begin in late 2024.
- PowerPoint from the public meeting on November 14, 2017
- Preliminary Engineering Report
- Gaines Tributary Watershed Study
We encourage residents of this area to take the following steps:
- Consider purchasing flood insurance for both the structure and the contents. You do not need to be in a floodplain, and renters can purchase policies too. Rates will be lower now before the floodplain information is submitted to FEMA. Contact your insurance agent.
- Stay informed by signing up for Warn Central Texas.
- Have an emergency plan. Please keep in mind that you may be safer staying at your home than trying to escape a flood in your vehicle. Most fatalities during floods happen in vehicles. There are several streets in this neighborhood that may be impassible with enough rain.
- Make an emergency kit.
- Get to know your neighbors. They are often the ones who can respond first in an emergency.
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