As weather patterns change, so too does the amount of rainfall increase, saturating the ground so that it can no longer absorb the additional rain, resulting in flash floods that are destroying roads and bridges and other infrastructure, eroding soil, flushing pollutants into waterways, and straining the nation’s aging dams. The Deep East Texas region is one of those where torrential rains have caused significant damage to the local infrastructure, put communities and their residents at risk, and damaged the local ecosystem. While it is not possible to reduce the extreme weather events that result in flash flooding, the Deep East Texas Council of Governments has been developing plans and implementing programs that are designed to mitigate the impact on communities and residents of these events and the flash flooding that results. Learn from its executive director about what the Deep East Texas Council of Governments is doing to reduce the impact of flash flooding within its 11 counties.
Presenter: Lonnie Hunt, Executive Director, Deep East Texas Council of Governments, Lufkin, TX