Collaborative efforts between county, SARA paid off during recent flooding
Jun 18, 2013 | 1981 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
GOLIAD – The collaborative partnership between The San Antonio River Authority and Goliad County officials demonstrated the importance of communication, particularly during the recent rain event which brought flood waters to the area in late May.

SARA collects data from a flood-mapping response system to determine the flood risks throughout the San Antonio River Watershed during storm events. The information obtained during the rain event over the Memorial Day weekend enabled SARA to estimate the timing and crests in Goliad.

SARA was in constant communication with Peggy Fonseca, Goliad County Office of Emergency Management official, and other local officials during and following the May 25 storm. In Goliad, the San Antonio River crested in a minor flood stage on May 30 and began to recede on May 31.

“Our continuous communication with SARA is invaluable,” Goliad County Judge David Bowman said. “The data provided to our staff from SARA about the May 25 storm relayed pertinent information, which allowed us to plan accordingly for an emergency situation.”

The storm event did not significantly threaten Goliad County. However, the heavy rains served as a reminder that flood risks still exist for communities and individuals.

“Flood control is one of SARA’s most important issues and the safety and well-being of the citizens we serve is at the forefront of everything we do,” said Russell Persyn, who is the manager of the Watershed Engineering Department for SARA. “Open communication with the counties benefit both SARA and our communities when facing potential flooding situations.”

While governments such as Goliad County and SARA are doing all they can to alleviate the impact of floods, each individual can play a role in protecting themselves by understanding their own level of flood risk. As the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s local cooperating technical partner, SARA maintains the one percent annual chance (100-year) floodplain maps for the residents of Goliad County. Residents are encouraged to visit SARA’s website ( to view the FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
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