Record rainfall in Llano and Burnet counties in the Texas Hill Country caused major flooding in Marble Falls in October. Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

After Hurricane Harvey, Texas senator eyes using state's savings for flood control

State Sen. Charles Perry, chairman of the Senate Committee on Water and Rural Affairs, has a package of bills that could create Texas' first statewide flood plan. He says coastal Texans aren't the only ones at risk of property loss.

Before the next Hurricane Harvey strikes and thousands of homes are damaged or destroyed, some Texas lawmakers want to make sure communities statewide are better prepared for floods. On Tuesday, state Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock, filed legislation to establish Texas’ first-ever flood plan – slated for completion by September 2024.

The statewide plan would incorporate regional plans to better coordinate flood-control projects and strategies. It would also look at flooding problems on a watershed basis, not just at the community level. This would also allow communities within the same watershed to pinpoint joint solutions – and ensure that one local plan does not unintentionally impact another community in a negative way, Perry's office said.

The Texas Water Development Board, the state agency which identifies Texas’ water needs, would oversee and implement the proposed plan.

“We live in a big state, we've had big disasters and we need a big response to address flooding in Texas,” Perry said in a statement Tuesday.

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