PROJECT UPDATE - 9/11/2020
The City of Houston was recently awarded a $1.72 million Hazard Mitigation Grant via FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) with the purpose of planning and implementing underground stormwater storage and drainage improvements within the W153-00-00 drainage area. Upon being awarded the grant, the City of Houston was given 12 months for the design phase of their project. The Harris County Flood Control District’s study, which also includes the W151-00-00 and W153-00-00 drainage area, endeavors to consider the study area as comprehensively as possible and plans to integrate the City of Houston’s drainage improvements into an all-encompassing area plan, which will occur following the design phase.
The Harris County Flood Control District is committed to working closely with the City of Houston Public Works Department and TIRZ 17 (Memorial City Redevelopment Authority) to develop an area plan that considers all drainage and flood damage reduction projects with the goal of securing maximum benefits for the study area. TIRZ 17 is committed to providing the local cost share for the FEMA grant.
Due to the complex nature of the project, we will not be prepared to share details and recommendations of our study with the public for another 9-12 months. Given that the Flood Control’s study is funded through the 2018 Bond Program, a public meeting will be held at a later date to share news of the study process and findings.
Questions regarding the underground stormwater storage can be redirected to the City of Houston Public Works.