FEMA Region 6 Mitigation News and Information December 2015 Volume 13

High Water Mark Initiative Recognizes the City of Leon Valley, TX As part of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), the High Water Mark Initiative (HWMI) is a community awareness program that increases local community awareness of flood risk and encourages a community to reduce that risk long term.

The City of Leon Valley, Texas, located in Central Texas within Northwest San Antonio, is dedicated to minimizing the loss of life and property associated with flooding events. They recognize that their entire community is susceptible to flooding, not just those structures located within the Special Flood Hazard Areas. Because of their proactive efforts to build flood risk awareness, FEMA has partnered with the City of Leon Valley to be the first High Water Mark Initiative community in Region 6 and recognizes them as part of the national program.

By communicating flood risk in the Huebner Creek area, citizens will be able to see just how high the water rose in the flood of October 17, 1998. Depth of flood waters A HWMI will be placed along the walking path shown here as a daily reminder of the day the City of Leon Valley faced over 6 feet of water in the park. The City of Leon Valley is actively engaged in mitigation and risk communication projects, including an 11 million dollar floodplain improvement project in cooperation with Bexar County Flood Control District resulting in reducing the floodplain for 53 structures, installing three new sensors along the creeks, automatic text alerts to residents living near the creeks, adopting higher standards, developing flood impact maps to inform response efforts, and partnering with developers to create storm water detention ponds. They have also created a Flood Emergency Response Plan (FERP) , which is available online.

FEMA will be supporting the City of Leon Valley as it unveils the new High Water Mark on January 9, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in Raymond Rimkus Park, Leon Valley, Texas