Mercer Stormwater Detention Basin K500-21-00

Mercer Stormwater Detention Basin K500-21-00
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Recent Action

June 8, 2021 – Harris County Commissioners Court amended an existing agreement with an engineering firm to enable the Flood Control District to authorize $800,081 for preliminary engineering services in support of the Mercer Stormwater Detention Basin project.

August 11, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved a revised resolution to the Texas General Lank Office Harris County Infrastructure projects for the 2017 Hurricane Harvey Texas Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery round one funding in support of this project.

March 12, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved adding K500-21-00 to the Flood Control District’s Unit Numbering System for identification purposes.

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project will develop a stormwater detention basin on undeveloped land located south of Cypress Creek, east of Hardy Toll Road, and north of F.M. 1960. The project is pending approval of a Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding application.

The overall objective of the Mercer Stormwater Detention Basin project is to reduce the vulnerability of streets and adjacent structures to flooding. Stormwater detention basins reduce flooding risks and damages by safely storing excess stormwater during heavy rain events and slowly releasing it back to the creek when the threat of flooding has passed.

This is among multiple stormwater detention projects the Flood Control District is developing in the Cypress Creek watershed. A regional drainage study for the watershed found that flooding along tributaries of Cypress Creek is predominately caused by stormwater from a rising Cypress Creek backing up into tributaries, rather than a lack of sufficient stormwater conveyance/drainage capacity on the tributaries themselves. Therefore, stormwater detention basins could be a beneficial project to reduce that backwater issue.

The regional drainage study described here recommends nearly 25,000 acre-feet of additional stormwater detention in the watershed.