Central Texas on average receives 34 inches of rainfall a year compared to Seattle’s 38 inches. You might want to read that again; we receive almost as much rainfall as Seattle. The difference is we tend to get all our rainfall at once making our region on of the most flash flood prone on the continent. We are in between the Balcones Escarpment and the coastal plain, this change in the elevation of the landscape causes more intense rainfall to stall in the area creating the perfect conditions for flash flooding. A small stream can turn into a raging river in a matter of hours rather than days. During events, you can monitor the District’s Flood Monitoring Map. The interactive map with data from our gage network including reservoir elevation and precipitation at each dam and stream stages at key locations.
As we head into one of our rainy seasons respect road closures, Turn Around, Don’t Drown and stay safe. Visit ATXFLoods.com to stay informed about area road closures.