Flood Warnings and Disaster Preparedness

The ability to safely evacuate residents during a disaster depends on strong disaster preparedness planning and requires the cooperation of all affected citizens. Evacuations require the establishment of emergency shelters during disasters for evacuees and significant coordination among city departments during disasters is critical in order to maintain essential city services.

The City's Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department provides information on the City's outdoor warning siren system, instructions of responding to the alerts, how to prepare and plan for possible disasters, and evacuation and shelter information at www.benbrook-tx.gov.

Because most flooding occurs as flash floods in Benbrook, it is often difficult to provide advance warning before flooding actually occurs. If flooding may be imminent, the National Weather Service (NWS) will issue a flash flood watch if conditions are favorable for flash flooding events. A flash flood warning will be issued if flash flooding has occurred within Tarrant County or Benbrook area. The City of Benbrook will convey information on flash flood watches and alerts through the CodeRed System, which will send an automated telephone call to affected properties that have registered with the City. If there is an impending flood, the City can send an automated call to anyone with a telephone in the affected area. The City may also use the tornado siren system to warn residents of impending weather events that may cause flash flooding. If an evacuation of the City is advised, the City of Benbrook will notify people through local radio, cable TV as well as CodeRed.

Additionally, the City encourages residents to use NOAA weather radios and to monitor information from NOAA Weather Station Radio broadcasts weather information at 162.550 MHZ 24 hours a day. For more information of NOAA weather radios, go to www.srh.noaa.gov/fwd/?n=radio. The City also participates in the StormReady program.

During periods of heavy rainfall, the City of Benbrook's Public Works Department crews are on 24-hour call and inspect roadways to monitor flooding. City crews use barricades to close roads that are inundated with water and to discourage traffic from driving through these areas.

The City also uses real-time stream gauge monitoring system to assist in determining road closures. The U.S. Geological Survey currently has two stream gages located in Benbrook. Real time river gauge information can be obtained through the following websites:

Clear Fork Trinity River near Benbrook: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=0804700

Mary's Creek at Benbrook: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?site_no=08047050