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Posted on: May 13, 2021

Regional flood planning group appoints City Manager as coastal representative

The Texas Water Development Board San Jacinto Region 6 Flood Planning Group voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell as the Coastal Communities Voting Member.

The group is closely involved in facilitating both regional and state flood planning efforts by coordinating flood planning across the region’s communities, creating updated flood maps, and recommending integrated flood mitigation responses and projects. As the coastal communities voting member, Mr. Maxwell will represent and serve the needs of Galveston residents and our coastal neighbors in preparing a regional flood plan inclusive of unique coastal concerns that will contribute to the state's flood planning efforts. 

"I want to thank the Region 6 flood planning group for this appointment and I look forward to working collaboratively to ensure our region is well-represented and has proper flood mitigation plans in place," City Manager Brian Maxwell said. 

"I also want to give a special thanks to the city's Director of Policy and Governmental Relations Sally Bakko who has worked to advance the interests of Galveston residents through her work as a liaison with groups such as the Region 6 planning group." 

Over the coming months, the planning group will develop a regional flood plan, which will be used by the Texas Water Development Board to create the first state flood plan. During Thursday’s meeting, Alia Vinson, the group's vice chairman, said Mr. Maxwell was the “perfect person” who holds great technical expertise and a deep understanding of unique coastal issues and whose nomination was supported by other coastal communities. 

The Region 6 planning group will:

  • Through a TWDB grant, select and direct the work of a technical consultant
  • Solicit public input on  necessary decisions to develop and adopt its regional flood plan
  • Identify specific flood risks and flood risk reduction goals
  • Identify and recommend flood management evaluations and strategies and flood mitigation projects
  • Focus on reducing flood risks and on floodplain management

The planning group will hold a virtual Pre-Planning Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 18th from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to access this meeting at: hcfcd.org/regfloodplan.  

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