Brady to benefit from coalition with LCRA

To date in 2003, six communities have joined a coalition of cities and counties that share the lower Colorado River basin in a cooperative effort to manage the floodplain and prevent flood damages in storm events. This brings the total coalition membership to 51. During 2003, Hays County and the cities of Brady, El Campo, Mason, Point Venture, and the Village of San Leanna have joined the Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition (TCRFC), uniting the basin from Brown County to the Gulf of Mexico. The coalition provides a forum for leaders of communities in the lower Colorado River basin to network on flood issues and to coordinate and improve the effectiveness of their floodplain management programs. LCRA worked with communities along the lower Colorado River to form the coalition during 2001 in response to growing concerns about flooding, especially in areas where there has been increased development in the floodplain. LCRA currently provides administrative assistance to support the coalition’s operations. Through regional leveraging of funding opportunities, about $700,000 in federal grants has been awarded to the coalition for floodplain mapping and hazard mitigation activities. Coalition participants also benefit through training opportunities, development of ordinances and other tools for their local floodplain programs, and continuous networking with upstream and downstream communities for a more effectively managed river. The coalition’s overall goal is to stabilize and reduce flood risks to business and families in the lower Colorado River basin. For more information about the coalition, contact Sam Medlock, CFM, floodplain program coordinator, LCRA, 1-800-776- 5272, Ext. 3524,

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