Last Updated on January 4, 2024
(SAN ANTONIO, TX) – The San Antonio River Authority (River Authority) is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with WAZE, the popular crowd-sourced navigation app, to provide real-time information on low water crossings through the WAZE platform. This initiative aims to improve road safety by leveraging community-driven data to alert drivers of potential hazards, ultimately saving valuable time and enhancing public safety.
WAZE, known for its innovative navigation solutions, partners with cities, transportation authorities, broadcasters, businesses, and first responders to integrate user-generated data into its mapping system. This partnership with the River Authority reinforces their commitment to utilizing technology for the benefit of the community.
For the past several months, the River Authority has successfully linked BEXARflood.org, a comprehensive resource showcasing road conditions of monitored low water crossings across Bexar County, to the WAZE platform. This integration enables drivers to stay informed about low water crossings in real-time, particularly during adverse weather conditions.
BEXARflood.org utilizes the Bexar County’s HALT (High-Water Alert Lifesaving Technology) and the City of San Antonio’s SAFE (San Antonio Flood Emergency) System combined to report over 190 flood sensors strategically installed across Bexar County. The City, County, and River Authority’s collaboration to create BEXARflood.org was a great safety step forward several years ago. Each dot on the BEXARflood.org map indicates the location of a HALT sensor, providing crucial information about water levels. The color-coded system on the website indicates road conditions: green signifies a safe road, yellow indicates rising water and red signals a closed road. Users can subscribe to alerts through the website to receive timely notifications via text or email for specific low water crossings they choose to monitor. The River Authority’s collaboration with WAZE shares the road flooding data from BEXARflood.org with the popular map application providing more travelers with real-time road flood conditions.
“This collaboration represents a significant step forward in leveraging technology to enhance public safety on our roads,” said Steve Graham, Assistant General Manager at River Authority. “By integrating BEXARflood.org with WAZE, we empower drivers with additional tools to make informed decisions during inclement weather, which ensures a safer journey for the entire community.”
BEXARflood.org was created through a partnership between Bexar County, the City of San Antonio and the San Antonio River Authority. These entities work collaboratively to monitor local weather and road conditions around the clock, demonstrating their shared commitment to community safety.
Examples of low water crossing notifications