The City of McKinney, in cooperation with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) and the Texas Water Development Board (TWDB), will install Early Flood Warning Systems in areas of McKinney that are historically prone to flooding during storms including Valley Creek Trail, Park View Avenue and U.S. 75 near Towne Lake Park.
The system includes a master site around Wilson Creek to monitor water depth and five flashers to warn drivers of flooding. Once water levels at the master site reach a predetermined depth, the flashers in the area will activate, warning drivers that flooding is imminent or occurring. Upon activation, city staff will receive email notifications about the status of the water level.
The project will allow residents, emergency responders and public works staff to make better decisions about hazardous conditions and help reduce the loss of life and property from flood events.
Data will be accessible from an online portal to allow users to check the status of the roadway prior to traveling to adjust their route accordingly. The portal will host similar data from other participating jurisdictions from across the region.
The City of McKinney Office of Emergency Management, NCTCOG and TWDB will host an open house at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24 at McKinney Fire Station 9, 4900 Summit View Dr. to share a presentation and answer questions regarding the Early Flood Warning System.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. As one of the fastest growing cities in America, McKinney has a current population of 180,000. The city was #1 on the list of Best Places to Live in America in 2014, published by Money Magazine. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees.