Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery FEMA Sediment Removal Program
The Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Sediment Removal Program will remove excess sediment that was deposited in several channels in Harris County due to the extreme flooding conditions during Hurricane Harvey. The accumulated sediment will be removed from channels, creeks, and bayous of the Addicks Reservoir, Barker Reservoir, Cypress Creek, Greens Bayou, Little Cypress Creek, Spring Creek, White Oak Bayou, and Willow Creek watersheds.
The estimated total cost for this program is nearly $250 million. FEMA committed $223 million to this program and the Flood Control District, which is the lead agency on this program, is responsible for the remaining local share of $25 million. However, in 2019, the Texas State Legislature passed legislation establishing the Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund - Hurricane Harvey Account, allowing the State of Texas the ability to reimburse up to 75 percent of the local share. This brings the estimated cost to the Flood Control District down to approximately $6.2 million.
The program is on track to enter the design stage in summer 2023.