The Harris County Flood Control District was approved for a nearly $3.9 million grant from the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) program for Bond Project C-28, a flood risk reduction project in the Halls Bayou watershed.
Bond Project C-28 will construct a stormwater detention basin and channel conveyance improvements on Halls Bayou tributaries P118-25-00 and P118-25-01, located in the vicinity of the Aldine Village and Oak Glen Place subdivisions. The project is an approximately $14 million investment in the Halls Bayou watershed, with the balance of the project costs funded through the 2018 Bond Program and the Flood Resilience Trust.
The TWDB FIF program was established by the Texas Legislature and approved by voters in 2019 through a constitutional amendment to provide grants and loans for flood control, flood mitigation and drainage projects. Bond Project C-28 was deemed eligible for FIF funding under Category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan, a category designated for planning, acquisition, design, construction, and rehabilitation activities to implement flood mitigation projects.
“We’re proud to provide financial assistance to the Harris County Flood Control District for its Halls Bayou project,” said TWDB Chairwoman Brooke Paup. “These Houston communities are one step closer to receiving much-needed flood relief.”
The Flood Control District will use the funds to advance the Halls Bayou flood risk reduction project into the design stage and the subsequent construction of the stormwater detention basin and channel conveyance improvements.
“Reducing chronic flooding has been my main priority since taking office. This project along Halls Bayou represents the kind of progress residents expect and need to see, and we are grateful for the Texas Water Development Board’s support in making this critical project possible,” said Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia. “Making Harris County businesses and homeowners safer from flood events requires a commitment to make smart investments, like the TWDB’s. If we want to see our community thrive, we have to ensure families and companies can confidently grow in areas where their businesses and homes are free from flood fears.”
The project is estimated to reduce the risk of flooding for more than 600 structures in the 100-year floodplain and is part of the Halls Bayou Implementation Program, the watershed-wide approach to delivering flood risk reduction projects in a strategic and efficient manner. For more information on the Halls Implementation Program and Bond Project C-28, visit hcfcd.org/Halls.