City's interactive map aids developers, businesses, and residentsOct. 28, 2009
Yost Zackhary is Woodway's City manager. Woodway hired Baylor University to create a geological map of the city.
The research was then made part of an interactive map available online. It's one of the first of it's kind, and a powerful tool for those looking to build or buy property in the area. Dr. Yelderman is a geology professor at Baylor, and he headed up the Baylor service project.
Areas that include Woodway and part of Waco have a geological condition where a bed of limestone sits on top of a bed of shale. The shale expands and contracts making the limestone above unstable. This causes a slump, or a sliding of rock. This kind of erosion is natural and occurs slowly.
Many of the homes and buildings affected by this geological change in landscape have been identified, but a major renovation or change to a home or business site may need city consultation.
This story and a link to the interactive map is available online at KWBU.org. For KWBU news I'm Jacqueline Deavenport.