GeoTrek: The Next Generation
In October 2013 a sudden and large amount of precipitation in the Texas Hill Country area caused a major flood event that was devastating to Freeman Center, also known as Freeman Ranch. Individuals who were at the center were trapped until the flooding subsided, and the ranch suffered $140,000 in fence damage.
GeoTrek: The Next Generation (GeoTrek: TNG) will use a GIS to create a real-time flood prediction model to aid Freeman Ranch in visualizing where flooding is likely to occur, thus helping to minimize the repercussion of flood events in the future.
The primary goal of this project is to create a flood prediction model for Freeman Ranch to determine which fences, roads, and pastures are most vulnerable to rising waters. This study will provide a real time model of which areas of Freeman Ranch will become inundated at specific time intervals during a precipitation event. It will also identify portions of fence line and access roads that could be considered “high risk zones” or areas that are more likely to be damaged during certain flood levels.
In order to create a real-time flood prediction model our team:
GeoTrek: The Next Generation has created a working flood inundation model for Freeman Ranch. Freeman Ranch is located in the Sink Creek watershed and is a flash flood prone area. With our flood inundation model users will be able to visualize a rough estimation of when a flood will affect infrastructure. With GeoTrek: TNG’s model Freeman Ranch will become a safer place for both livestock and humans during potential flash flood events.