Mike McChesney has lived in the Brentwood neighborhood in Central Austin for 16 years and never had a flooding problem. So he was surprised recently to get a notice from the city saying his home on Brentwood Avenue is now in the 100-year floodplain.
“I thought about the economic impact,” he said. “It will cost me more to live here. I will have to get flood insurance.”
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Residents are invited to attend upcoming meetings to learn more about the changes in the flood maps. The meetings will be held at:
- 1 p.m. Friday at One Texas Center, 505 Barton Springs Road.
- 6:30 p.m. Monday at Carver Branch Library, 1161 Angelina St.
- 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at at Northwest Recreation Center, 2913 Northland Drive
To see how a specific property might be affected, visit www.austintexas.gov/floodplainchanges, click on the map image to the left that says “Floodplain Changes: Is Your Home at Risk?” and enter the address in the search box.
Affected residents should talk to their lender and insurance agent about flood insurance, as flood damage is not covered by homeowners insurance. They should also have an evacuation plan in case the area floods; for information visit www.dhs.gov and type in disaster kit in the search box.