Texas Water Science Center

Floods and Droughts

Texas has experienced both extreme floods and extreme droughts in the recent past. Statewide drought through 2013 and 2014 pushed water supply reservoirs across the state to historic lows. Frequent and severe storms from May to June 2015 caused flooding, often extreme, in every river basin except the Rio Grande. The USGS Texas Water Science Center provides data critical for drought and flood mitigation.

TXWSC Drought WatchFind information on droughts in Texas

TXWSC Flood Watch: Find up-to-date flood information for Texas

 

Flood and Drought Overview
These overviews summarize the science, capabilities, and research activities for each topic.
  Flood Early Warning Overview    
  Hurricanes Overview    
  Inundation Mapping Overview    
  Peak Flows Overview


Capabilities

  Find out more about TXWSC flood-response science expertise in this printable information sheet.

Filter Total Items: 11
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Interagency Flood Risk Management (InFRM)

In 2014, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began sponsorship of the InFRM team initiative to allow Federal teams across the States of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Louisiana and Arkansas to better align and integrate. Currently, the InFRM team is comprised of FEMA, US Army Corps of Engineers, US Geological Survey, and the National Weather Service. Information about the Interagency...

Contacts: Daniel Pearson
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Texas Water Dashboard

The Texas Water Dashboard is a web mapping application that presents U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) real-time stream, lake, reservoir, precipitation, and well data in Texas in context with current weather and hazard conditions. Real-time measurements from over 750 USGS observation stations in Texas are accessible from the map viewer, along with complementary map layers such as current...

Contacts: Daniel Pearson
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

Water On-The-Go

“Water On-the-Go” is a map-based web application that gives people easy access to current conditions in streams across Texas. It was developed to help raise water awareness during floods and normal conditions. The mobile-friendly website offers three ways to view streamflow or other data, including using your phone’s GPS system, clicking on an area of interest, or by searching for a physical...

Contacts: Daniel Pearson
Date published: May 29, 2018
Status: Active

InFRM Flood Inundation Mapping

The purpose of this flood inundation mapping effort will be to meet the needs of real-time emergency managers by bridging the gap between the NWS's river forecasts and FEMA's available hydraulic modeling and mapping. 

Date published: May 29, 2018
Status: Active

Post Hurricane Harvey Assessment

In the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Harvey related flooding, the USGS Texas Water Science Center and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) initiated a cooperative study to evaluate the magnitude of the flood, determine the probability of occurrence, and map the extent of the flood in Texas.

Date published: May 25, 2018
Status: Active

Bandera Flood Early Warning Tool

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...

Contacts: Cassi L Crow
Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Active

Peak Flow Science in Texas

Annual peak streamflow (peak flow) at a streamgage is defined as the maximum instantaneous flow in a water year. A water year begins on October 1 and continues through September 30 of the following year. This definition of a water year is used because it more closely follows seasonal weather patterns. Peak flows in Texas can range from zero flow in very dry basins to flows that...

Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Active

Low Flow Studies in Texas

The Texas Water Science Center studies drought and low flow conditions as they arise across Texas.

Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Active

Inundation Mapping Science in Texas

Flood-inundation maps created by the USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) allow users to view the possible extent and depth of flooding during a specific type of storm event. Flood inundation maps may be created using hydraulic models or by using data collected after a storm event (high-water marks). Visit the links below for more information on our data and science.

Date published: April 26, 2018
Status: Active

Hurricane Response Science in Texas

The USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) has a hurricane response program which includes a rapid-deployment storm-surge monitor network in advance of hurricanes, real-time monitoring of streamflow throughout the impacted area during a hurricane, and collection of high-water marks and assessment of floods after hurricanes. Visit the links below for more information on our data and science....

Date published: April 25, 2018
Status: Active

Flood Early Warning Science in Texas

The USGS Texas Water Science Center (TXWSC) is developing hardened early flood warning systems to help first responders and citizens.

This includes:

     • Flood hardened gages raised high above and set away from the measured stream.

     • Redundant data collection and transmission paths.

     • Automated notification systems for emergency managers and the general...