New ATXFloods.com to launch in April
ATXFloods.com is getting a makeover this month. In mid-late April the City of Austin plans on debuting the revamped flash flood warning site. Tuesday, CBS Austin got a preview of the upgrades that'll help keep you and your families safe.
In 2015, a Beholder Technology camera captured flash flooding in Onion Creek. The water rose 20 feet in two hours until a powerful current swept the camera away. Sean Richardson of Beholder Technology says more cameras is one of many improvements coming to ATXFloods.com
"If it gets washed away or if it gets damaged or what not... that's fine. It's not a human. It's not a person. It's not a life," Richardson says.
These cameras will also keep first responders safer since they won't have to check as many potentially dangerous conditions in-person.
"The power of these images is so much more than just a message of, 'Hey, this is closed,'" explains Richardson.
The new site will also work better with mobile devices and be less over-whelming for users. Sign up for an account and you'll get notifications when the crossings that matter to you close.
"The way we look at it, most people really only have 4-5 crossings that affect them -- their ability to get to school, to work, to church and to the grocery," explains Richardson.
When ATX Floods first launched in 2012 it only covered the City of Austin. Now, six years and 2,000 crossings later it's reached its max.
"This site is really a lifesaver in some cases. It's gotten us through three historic floods since 2013 and the ones in 2015," says Scott Prinsen, program manager of the City of Austin's Flood Early Warning System.
When the new site launches in a few weeks, it'll look different but serve the same life-saving purpose and better than before.