Fort Worth Spending More on Flood Control; Still Well Short of What’s Needed

Fort Worth could spend $136 million on stormwater infrastructure and flood control over the next five years. In all, the city needs more like $1 billion of investment.

1 minute read

August 23, 2022, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

The trees, benches, and other landscape elements of a park are submerged in brown flood waters.

Trong Nguyen / Shutterstock

The city of Fort Worth stormwater management program is proposing an $8 million increase in flood control spending over the next five years, a total of  $136 million for the city’s storm drains, erosion control, and flood maps, according to a paywalled article by Harrison Mantas for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

The big capital investment is still far less than the city needs to address flooding, according to the city’s own analysis. “The city estimated in 2020 it would cost $1 billion to fix 300 of Fort Worth’s most flood-prone areas. In 2020, the city added 35 cents to the stormwater fee to fix 80 of the worst spots,” writes Mantas.

Central to the increase spending on flood control are new flood control maps, under development by the city, which “could be used to guide future zoning decisions and help homeowners better protect themselves against flood risk,” according to the article. “The city has released initial maps that indicate areas where flash flooding is the worst. Those include the Cultural District, Meadowbrook in east Fort Worth, and the intersection of Cleburne Road and West Berry Street."

Monday, August 22, 2022 in Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Few passengers waiting in subway station with multiple platforms and "North Station" signs in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Transit Riders Report Safety Concerns

Almost three-quarters of current and former riders report feeling unsafe while using MBTA services.

September 18, 2023 - Hoodline

View of Interstate 205 bridge over Columbia River with Mt. Hood in background.

The Unceremonious Death of a Freeway Expansion Project

The end of an Oregon freeway project didn't get much fanfare, but the victory is worth celebrating.

September 19, 2023 - Streetsblog USA

Wood frame house under construction

Houston Lot Size Reforms Yield Positive Results

New research shows that reducing lot size requirements helped create thousands of new homes.

September 17, 2023 - Pew Trusts

View of Austin, Texas skyline at dusk with Colorado River and bridge in foreground

‘Affordability Unlocked’ Boosts Austin’s Affordable Housing Production

A 2019 program has created new housing at a faster rate than other city programs.

9 minutes ago - KUT

Aerial view of small New Hampshire town with brick buildings and fall foliage.

How Homelessness Differs in Rural America

Although less visible than in major cities, the housing crisis is no less severe in many rural communities, where being unhoused poses unique challenges.

1 hour ago - The Daily Yonder

Low shot of red painted bus lane on New York City street with blurred bus, pedestrians, and buildings in background.

New York Officials Back Down on Bus Lane Plans

Proposed bus improvements in the Bronx are the latest casualty of opposition.

2 hours ago - StreetsBlog NYC