Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo has appointed SRCC Area 5 Coordinator Elloa Mathews and fellow Sherwood Oaks resident John Gleason to the City of Austin’s Flood Mitigation Task Force (FMTF). The FMTF is created to gather information and develop recommendations related to citywide and area flooding and its impacts to property, public safety, and City finances, with an emphasis on flood mitigation solutions and funding options.
The Central Texas Hill Country is the most flash flood prone area in North America and the Hill Country drains into lakes and rivers around Austin. Flooding is Austin’s most common weather related emergency and can occur even during a drought. John’s experience as a Landscape Architect and Elloa’s successful advocacy for the $5 million Long Bow Storm Drain project in 2006 can benefit the city as they work to fulfill the Task Force’s mission. You can learn more about the Flood Mitigation Task Force on their website.