City to unveil proposal Feb. 27 to mitigate flooding in Oak Knoll neighborhood in Northwest Austin

The city of Austin Watershed Department is evaluating flood mitigation efforts on Oak Knoll Drive in Northwest Austin.

The city of Austin Watershed Department is evaluating flood mitigation efforts on Oak Knoll Drive in Northwest Austin.

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To address frequent flooding in the Oak Knoll neighborhood of Northwest Austin, the city of Austin Watershed Protection Department has developed a preliminary engineering report with potential mitigation plans.

The proposed project on Oak Knoll Drive and surrounding streets near U.S. 183 and Jollyville Road will include adding pipes, storm drains and a detention pond. City staffers will present the proposal to the public at 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Spicewood Springs Branch Library, 8637 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin.

Parts of Northwest Austin have long been plagued with flooding, but mitigation efforts are now a focal point of the latest draft of CodeNEXT, Austin’s land development code rewrite, according to a press release from the Watershed Department.

“Draft 3 of CodeNEXT includes requirements for both new developments and redevelopments to include green stormwater solutions, such as rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and porous pavement,” the release stated.

Learn more about flood mitigation plans in the Oak Knoll Drive area here.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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