Hazard Road Overtopping Mitigation (HROM)
The City of Fort Worth's Hazardous Road Overtopping Mitigation (HROM) Program is an ongoing effort to identify hazardous road location due to flooding, prioritize them, and where feasible, develop solutions to make them safer. The HROM Program was created in response to life-threatening and fatal incidents associated with flood roads, usually at stream crossings.
HROM Fact Sheet(PDF, 2MB). HROM FAQ's(PDF, 303KB)
Non-FEMA Flood Risk Area
Flood Risk Outside of the FEMA Floodplain
While FEMA maps flood risk along major streams and creeks, most reported flooding in Fort Worth actually occurs outside of the FEMA Floodplain, in what the City refers to as “Non-FEMA Flood Risk Areas”. The City has categorized Non-FEMA Flood Risk Areas into two categories. Areas where the City has evaluated the non-FEMA flood risk in detail are called “City Flood Risk Areas” (CFRA), and these will be used to regulate development in the future. In contrast, the non-FEMA areas where the City has less detailed mapping, called “Potential High-Water Areas” (PHWA), are used to warn about potential flood risks.
In order to better protect property owners in CFRAs from flood risk, the City is revising the existing Floodplain Provisions Ordinance and Updating the Stormwater Criteria Manual. Currently, our regulations do not require Stormwater review for land disturbance less than one acre. With a revised ordinance however, new development and re-development in CFRAs would be required to show they comply with Stormwater regulations, regardless of size. Recommended Council adoption of the updates is planned to go forward spring 2023. A phased rollout of mapping to help communicate flood risk outside of the FEMA Floodplains is planned this year:
Number of Flood Claims/Reports of Flooding Outside vs Inside Floodplain
In the City of Fort Worth, there are more flood insurance policies and claims located outside FEMA floodplains than inside FEMA floodplains.
What Non-FEMA Flood Risk Maps Mean to Property Owners:
When the ordinance revision is approved, any sized development or redevelopment within CFRAs will need to show they comply with City drainage standards by filling out a Certificate of Compliance. A Certificate of Compliance demonstrates how the development or redevelopment considered the existing flood risk to ensure new development is safe from flooding and that the development does not aggravate the flood risk to nearby existing homes and businesses. By understanding where non-FEMA flood risks are, property owners can make more informed decisions regarding developing, improving, and purchasing property. Flood Insurance within these areas is not required, but is recommended as a wise way to protect an owner’s investment.
To find out about your property's flood risk, visit:
oneaddress.fortworthtexas.gov use the dropdown "reference" tab for flood risk info.
FAQs (PDF, 177KB)
Flood Risk Viewer
For All Other Drainage Concerns, contact as follows:
Stormwater Management Program Master Plan
The Stormwater Management Program has completed an intensive, year-long effort to develop a strategic program master plan that is realistic, well-prioritized, and responsive to community needs. The overarching goal of this effort was to help ensure the optimal use of program resources to advance the City’s strategic goals and respond to community needs in each of the four primary program elements:
- System maintenance
- Flood/erosion mitigation
- Flood/erosion warning and
- Private development review
The plan also outlines formal policy guidance needs and identifies key considerations, which will be used in the future processes to develop each policy.
Stormwater Management Program Master Plan(PDF, 17MB)
The City Council has adopted the Stormwater Management Program Master Plan, which resulted from an intensive, yearlong effort to compile and understand lessons learned during the first 10 years of the program and to develop a strategic direction that is realistic, well-prioritized and responsive to community needs.
Video: Stormwater Master Plan Update
The City of Fort Worth implemented a Stormwater Utility in 2006 to address a backlog of data and technology needs, fulfill maintenance obligations, and construct capital projects to protect people and property from harmful stormwater runoff. The first 10 years of the Stormwater Management Program have focused on assessing citywide flood risk and drainage system capacity, addressing many of the most hazardous flooding problems in the city, implementing a high water warning system, developing a work order system and maintenance program, and developing a basic inventory of the major components of the drainage system.
Stakeholder Meeting Information
Stakeholder Meeting 1 (Jan. 26, 2017)
Stakeholder Meeting 2 (May 16, 2017)
Stakeholder Meeting 3 (Aug. 3, 2017)
Stakeholder Meeting 4 (Oct. 19, 2017)
Linwood Neighborhood Flooding
A neighborhood meeting was held on September 8, 2022, to discuss residents concerns about flooding in the Linwood neighborhood during the August 21-22, 2022 rain event.
For additional information, contact:
Report Drainage Issues, contact:
Stormwater Customer Service
Non-FEMA Flood Risk Letters
The City of Fort Worth is working on a Floodplain Management Plan for the entire city. This will be the first part of a growing public planning and interaction program being led by the Stormwater Management Division.