Floodplain Preservation

Protect Natural Floodplain Areas

The City of Houston has many beautiful floodplain areas. The undisturbed river bottoms and bayous provide a wide range of benefits to the human and natural systems. 

These areas also provide breeding and feeding grounds for fish and wildlife, create and enhance waterfowl habitat, and protect habitats for rare and endangered species. The floodplains are an important asset. They provide open space, aesthetic pleasure and areas for active and passive uses. They also provide flood storage and conveyance, reduce flood velocities, and flood peaks.

Although the City has a storm sewer and drainage maintenance program, it is impossible to keep all drainage systems clear at all times. As a citizen, you can assist by keeping the banks of ditches, streams, and bayous clear of brush and debris, and not allowing grass clippings, oil, or other contaminants in storm sewer inlets. Dumping of debris into ditches, streams, or bayous is a major cause of local drainage problems, and is a violation of the Houston Code of Ordinances Section 28-1. To report a violation or a maintenance problem, please call the City’s Service Helpline by dialing 3-1-1.

Flood Hazard

Floodplain Preservation

Flood Safety

My Home Flooded

Flood Protection

Flood Resources