Bandera Flood Early Warning Tool

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Risk of future flooding events in the Bandera County area highlights a critical need for a flood warning system.  As part of the flood warning system, a tool set is needed to enhance the communication of flood risk and provide emergency managers additional information necessary to better mitigate the impacts of flooding. The USGS Texas Water Science Center is helping build this tool set through additional streamgage monitoring and development of a hydrologic model of the Medina River.

Medina River

Surveying Medina River, post-flood

To help assess potential risks associated with flooding events the USGS, in cooperation with Bandera County River Authority and Ground Water District (BCRAGD), will develop a tool set as a part of an overall flood warning system for Bandera County.

This tool set will include

  • a continuous streamflow-gage monitoring network,
  • development of a Hydrologic Engineering Center River Analysis System (HEC-RAS) hydraulic model of the Medina River,
  • the inclusion of the generated flood inundation maps in the USGS FIMI website, as well as
  • the development of a Decision Support System (DSS).