From 1999 to June 2014, Watershed Protection concentrated on buying flood-prone houses within the Corps Project Area. Since 2014, the Onion Creek buyout project has been expanded to include hundreds more homes at risk near William Cannon Drive and South Pleasant Valley Road. 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 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. Because of the large number of houses, we could not offer buyouts to everyone at once, but had to take a more gradual approach. By the end of 2016, we had begun the buyout process for all interested property owners.
In 2014, Watershed Protection Department began the process of buying out 137 homes in the 25-year floodplain outside the Corps project area.
25-Year Buyout Status
Total properties: 137
Numbers updated on July 24, 2017
The buyout process will be explained during an individual appointment with our team. 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.
City staff and HDR Engineering are working together on the real estate transactions for the buyouts.