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September 22, 2003


Sounds like a gigantic "make work" project for FEMA engineers to me.

I know, I'm such a pessimist.

Actually, you shouldn't be surprised if the flood plains inside the city limits are enlarged.

Much of the development along Loop 250, especially the NW quadrant, has resulted in replacing bare ground (which absorbs water) with concrete (which, um, doesn't).

You may recall that the site of the current Target, Home Depot, Sonic Drive-In, etc. was a cotton field/grass burr-mesquite preserve not all that many years ago.

Granted, the drainage ditch has been widened and deepened, so it's a toss-up as to which factor is more important.

Just as an FYI, Midland's Flood Insurance Rate Maps were last fully revised in December 1999. And even still, some are modified via "Letter of Map Revisions" as drainage improvements are constructed. As an aside, the City of Midland has a couple of drainage documents that require any new development to demonstrate how they are not increasing the 100-year Flood Plain. This is enforced in the platting process.

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