Flooding risk typically increase after periods of drought. We typically get most of our rainfall in short bursts that create conditions that cause flash flooding. Our flash flooding risks will be increased following this extended period of drought.The current lack of rainfall coupled with watering restrictions leads to an increase in vegetation die off. Lack of water also leads to a hard pack of soil that is less able to absorb rainfall.Both of these conditions result in faster and increased volume of runoff when rains return making flash flooding more likely.
Most of Texas has been in official drought status this summer and folks are starting to wonder if it will ever rain again. We have been in a La Nina weather pattern since 2020 but the current prediction is for a return to neutral in 2023. That means more typical weather patterns are set to return to Central Texas.
Flash flooding happens quickly and typically leaves quickly. Do not drive through barriers, wait it out. Know where you live and work; are you near one of our dams? The District dams address regional flooding. Neighborhood flooding is typically managed through the City or County depending on where you live.