San Marcos to hold Feb. 6 meeting on Blanco Riverine Flood Mitigation Project

San Marcos City Council voted in October 2018 to dedicate part of the federal disaster mitigation funding awarded in the aftermath of the 2015 floods to the riverine project. (Community Impact Newspaper)
San Marcos City Council voted in October 2018 to dedicate part of the federal disaster mitigation funding awarded in the aftermath of the 2015 floods to the riverine project. (Community Impact Newspaper)

San Marcos City Council voted in October 2018 to dedicate part of the federal disaster mitigation funding awarded in the aftermath of the 2015 floods to the riverine project. (Community Impact Newspaper)

The city of San Marcos will hold a public meeting Feb. 6 to discuss the proposed Blanco Riverine Flood Mitigation Project, which would include building a barrier between River Road and the Blanco River in order to prevent flood damage.

The project would withstand up to a 50-year flood, according to a Jan. 17 news release from the city, which has roughly a 2% chance of occurring in any given year.


At the meeting, which will start at 6 p.m. at the San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins St., attendees will see a presentation on the potential environmental impact of the project and alternatives.

San Marcos City Council voted in October 2018 to dedicate part of the federal disaster mitigation funding awarded in the aftermath of the 2015 floods to the riverine project, a number that now stands at $5,385,213, according the release. The city has also received $1,961,821 from the Texas Water Development Board.

In a December presentation, city staff estimated construction on the flood wall would take place between spring 2021 and December 2022.
By Katharine Jose
Katharine Jose has written about politics, infrastructure, environment, development, natural disasters and other subjects for The New York Observer, Capital New York, and The New York Times, among other publications. She was an editor for several publicat