RICHLAND HILLS DRAINAGE GIS NOW AVAILABLE!
Residents can now access the RH GIS program from the city website. Users can locate Richland Hills
ENGINEERING AND FLOODPLAIN MANAGEMENT Angela Davidson, PE, CFM
ENGINEERING AND CONSTRUCTION
Engineering is responsible for overseeing major capital infrastructure projects. This is accomplished through working with consultants, engineers, architects, contractors and others to see projects through from start to finish. Types of projects that fall under the purview of Engineering include water, wastewater, drainage, streets, sidewalks and landscaping.
The Floodplain Management is responsible for ensuring the proper operation of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Floodplain Management Program of corrective and preventative measures for reducing flood damage, including but not limited to, emergency preparedness plans, flood control works, floodplain management regulations and assisting the residents with any questions or problems they encounter concerning flooding or drainage on their property.
The City of Richland Hills is a participating city in the Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Ordinances are in place that govern and restrict development within the NFIP effective floodplain. In response to rising costs of taxpayer funded disaster relief, the NFIP was developed to provide homeowners affordable insurance to protect against flood losses based on their potential risk of flooding.
Lending institutions determine whether a property is within or outside of the NFIP floodplain boundary by using Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs). The City of Richland Hills has the effective maps on file for review. Residents may also purchase, view or print a FIRM online at www.msc.fema.gov. These maps are legal documents and may or may not represent actual conditions. If there are discrepancies in regards to a mapped floodplain and actual conditions that a property owner wishes to explore there are means to contest the findings.
FEMA has important information and FAQs for homeowners, developers, etc. Additional information can be found at www.floodsmart.gov.
DRAINAGE SYSTEM MAINTENANCE
It is illegal in the City of Richland Hills to dump any type of debris into a stream, river or drainage ditch. Debris includes, but is not limited to, grass clippings, tree limbs, leaves and vegetation that can become entangled in culverts, shallow streambeds or drainage ditches and impede drainage causing the flow of water to back up. Residents of Richland Hills are responsible for keeping drainage ditches located on their property free of debris that could impede the flow of water.
Debris dumping should be reported to the Public Works department, 817-616-3830 during regular business hours. Reports may also be submitted by email.
Stormwater inspections are made as part of the city's routine maintenance plan and after every storm event. Public Works Drainage division is responsible for removing excessive vegetation, debris, sediment and obstructions in the City's open waterways, flood control ponds, culverts and drainage ways.