September 7, 2022

Please join us for a free 60-minute AAWRE webinar on the City of Bryan – Flood Early Warning System (B-FEWS): A Novel Flood Early Warning System for Informing Roadway Closures during High Water Events on Monday, September 19 at 1pm EDT, which will be presented by Dr. Jacob Torres, Ph.D., P.E., CFM, D.WRE. This is a free webinar provided only to AAWRE Diplomates. 

The City of Bryan, Texas – with grant support from the Texas Water Development Board’s Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) – is actively implementing a “first-of-its-kind” city-wide Flood Early Warning System (known as “B-FEWS”). During periods of high intensity rainfall, smaller creeks and ephemeral streams within the City’s jurisdictional limits can change water level conditions rapidly and with little warning. B-FEWS is tailored to inform flooded roadway conditions for community level thoroughfares and arterials to provide the City with a “bottom-up” perspective over classical decision support systems and with the capability of alerting emergency responders and the public on near-real time street flooding conditions before, during, and after periods of heavy rainfall. B-FEWS employs a suite of high flood water alert sensors for 20 flood prone roadway locations that will (1) alert emergency response crews and key personnel via text messaging and real-time online map updates for coordinating pre-emptive roadway closures and (2) warn drivers to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN with automated flasher beacons and text/email subscriptions. This talk will provide an overview of the B-FEWS platform with a description of key features that make it unique and scalable to other regions and communities

Learning Outcomes:
Objective 1: Highlight the uniqueness of how this flood warning system was conceptualized, developed, and implemented.
Objective 2: Inform the audience on the novelties of how the technologies used to develop this flood warning system.

Dr. Jacob Torres, PhD, PE, CFM, D.WRE is a practicing Water Resources Engineer and Hydrologist with more than 16 years of technical consulting experience.  His expertise includes urban storm water management, watershed feasibility studies, master drainage plans, flood risk analysis, floodplain economics, floodplain modeling (1D/2D), water distribution system planning/modeling, coastal resiliency, and related hydrodynamic modeling (ADCIRC, SWAN).  Dr. Torres’s professional experience involves clients at the federal, state, regional, local, and academic levels. Dr. Torres holds BS, MS degrees from Texas A&M University (2006, 2008) and a PhD degree from Rice University (2016).