In an effort to keep you informed about the Harris County Flood Control District’s continuing improvements in the Little Cypress Creek watershed, we want to notify you of an upcoming project in your area. In December 2020, the Flood Control District will begin construction on the first phase of a project to construct the Kleb Woods Stormwater Detention Basin, south of the Kleb Woods Reserve and west of Mueschke Road in northwest Harris County.
Preliminary excavation has already taken place at this basin site. In this new phase, the Flood Control District will construct the eastern portion of the basin, using funding from the 2018 Bond Program. The work will include additional clearing and excavation of soil and vegetation from the site, and installation of stormwater inlets, outfalls, culverts and an emergency spillway. The project also will include a construction haul road along the southern property line, and construction access at the northeast corner of the property.
Stormwater detention basins reduce flooding risks by taking in and temporarily holding excess stormwater during heavy rain events. They release the stormwater slowly back into the adjacent channel or drainage system when water surface levels recede. Along with providing general stormwater detention for the Little Cypress Creek watershed, this basin will mitigate for increased stormwater runoff from the widening of Mueschke Road. Subsequent phases will be funded in conjunction with Harris County Precinct 3. When all phases are complete, the basin will hold as much as 635 acre-feet, or up to 207 million gallons of excess stormwater.
Construction equipment will access the work area via Mueschke Road. The contractor will use heavy construction equipment such as dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers to remove trees, vegetation and excavated soil. Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points and along truck routes, and to comply with all warning signs and safety personnel.
This project is part of the Little Cypress Creek Frontier Program, which focuses on the 52 square-mile Little Cypress Creek watershed in northwest Harris County. This rapidly developing area lacks sufficient natural drainage to accommodate expected growth. By collaborating with landowners and developers, the program works to identify a largescale, mutually beneficial plan for drainage that cost effectively maximizes stormwater mitigation, flood damage reduction and water quality, as well as opportunities for public recreational amenities and open space.
Contractor – Burnside Services Inc.
Contract Amount – $2,742,281
Construction Start – December 2020
Construction Duration – 300 calendar days
The Flood Control District appreciates your patience and understanding through the duration of this project. More information is available on the Flood Control District website, www.hcfcd.org. If you have any questions or comments, please submit them on the project webpage at www.hcfcd.org/F-33.