Infrastructure Maintenance

Infrastructure Maintenance

Last Modified: 03/11/2020 12:58 AM

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Flood Damage Reduction Tools

The Harris County Flood Control District utilizes a number of techniques, or primary "tools," to reduce flood damages throughout the county. Generally speaking, these tools are implemented in flood damage reduction projects. However, there are instances where some tools are used outside the realm of project implementation.

Some of the primary options the District considers for flood damage reduction are termed "structural" tools, while others are termed "non-structural" tools. There are a variety of criteria that determine which tools are most appropriate to use when implementing a project. Two of the most important criteria are how much flood damage reduction benefit is gained by the total dollars invested in the project and making sure the project selected has appropriate regard for community and natural values.

"...and maintain the infrastructure"

That third facet of achieving the District's mission is crucial to continuing the successful implementation the flood damage reduction plan. It takes a well-coordinated team to properly maintain the massive drainage network that exists in Harris County - a $4 billion network that measures over 2,500 miles.

Harris County drainage network, over 2,500 miles of channels.

The Harris County Flood Control District has many programs that serve to maintain the infrastructure we put in place in the name of flood damage reduction.