The Harris County Flood Control District (the District) is a special purpose district created by the Texas Legislature in 1937 and governed by Harris County Commissioners Court.
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.
A major flood occurs somewhere in Harris County about every two years. Most of the flooding is in areas developed prior to the current understanding of flood potential and prior to regulations restricting construction in flood-prone areas.
Did you know that everyone lives in a flood zone? You don't need to live near water to be flooded. Learn more about the ways that geography and the environment affect your flood risk, and get information about the Harris County drainage network.
Partnerships with federal and state agencies, local communities, and private interests play a vital role in funding many of the projects completed by the Flood Control District.
On August 25, 2018, Harris County voters approved $2.5 billion in bonds to finance flood damage reduction projects. This additional funding, together with other funding sources, supports a wide variety of recovery and resiliency initiatives.
Capital projects include those major projects that reduce flooding risks and damages by increasing stormwater conveyance capacity in bayous and drainage channels, or by excavating stormwater detention basins. Stormwater detention basins reduce flooding risks and damages during heavy rain events by safely storing excess stormwater and slowly releasing it back to the bayou when the threat of flooding has passed.
Along with mowing and routine maintenance of the county’s 2,500 miles of channel, dozens of stormwater detention basins and thousands of buyout lots, the Flood Control District conducts major maintenance to repair damage caused by storms and erosion.
Harris County Flood Control District’s activities have diversified since its creation in 1937. From tree planting and environmental programs to Voluntary Home Buyouts and more, these additional programs help the Flood Control District fully meet its mission.
The Flood Control District builds and maintains numerous capital and major maintenance projects throughout the county. These projects are organized, coordinated and managed with respect to the watersheds they benefit.
Stay informed and prepared! Whenever the forecast calls for possible heavy rainfall, Harris County residents are urged to monitor weather conditions, and to pay close attention to road conditions on their daily travel routes.
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Visit this page to get information about upcoming and completed community engagement and public meetings. In light of ongoing public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Flood Control District all meetings will be hosted virtually.
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Last Modified: 10/23/2020 04:04 AM
March 24, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved $520,000 for engineering services for a preliminary engineering report for this project.
August 28, 2018 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized and initiated this project.
The Hughes Stormwater Detention Basin (HCFCD Unit A500-04-00) will help reduce flooding risks in the Clear Creek watershed by storing excess floodwater during times of heavy rain, and releasing it back to the creek when the threat of flooding has passed. The basin will be located on an undeveloped 100-acre site along Clear Creek, south of El Franco Lee Park.
This project complements but is separate from the Clear Creek Federal Flood Risk Management Project .
The Harris County Flood Control District has a significant number of flood damage reduction projects occurring all over Harris County as part of its on-going Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Operations and Maintenance, and the 2018 Bond Program. Click the Project ID on the Map to learn about projects’ details. Some early-stage projects are not highlighted on the map. The map will be updated when projects advance or when more information becomes available.
Every flood damage reduction project is unique. Yet each project begins and ends, with common and predictable milestones along the way. Whether a project moves forward – and how quickly – depends on many factors, including the availability of funding at each milestone, shifting community priorities for flood damage reduction, and other changing circumstances (such as the price of trees or concrete) from year to year.
A virtual Community Engagement Meeting for this project was held on: Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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