F-110 Luce Bayou Bypass Channel

F-110 Luce Bayou Bypass Channel

Last Modified: 09/29/2020 05:34 PM

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February 11, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized an $841,519 agreement with an engineering firm for a Preliminary Engineering Report for determining alignment of the Luce Bayou bypass channel. 

August 28, 2018 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized negotiations with an engineering firm to conduct an engineering investigation of this project, in connection with Bond Project F-110 Huffman Area Drainage Analysis 

August 28, 2018 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized and initiated this project in connection with Bond Project F-110 Huffman Area Drainage Analysis

PROJECT DESCRIPTION 

This project involves analyzing, designing and constructing a bypass channel on the west side of Luce Bayou near Lake Houston to reduce flooding risks. The bypass channel would decrease water surface elevations in Luce Bayou by rerouting flows from Luce Bayou upstream of the confluence of Mexican Gully (HCFCD Unit S114-00-00) and discharging the flows back into Luce Bayou upstream of the confluence of Red Gully (HCFCD Unit S102-00-00). The exact location of the proposed Luce Bayou Bypass Channel has not been finalized.

The proposed Luce Bayou Bypass Channel Project is one of the recommended projects that resulted from the Huffman Drainage Analysis (Bond ID F-110) that investigated sources of flooding in the Huffman area and provided three proposed projects to reduce flooding:

  • a stormwater detention basin near the county line;
  • deepening and widening Luce Bayou; and 
  • constructing a bypass channel to divert water during extreme rain events off the main stem so that stormwater can enter Luce Bayou in a more controlled manner.

A preliminary route was assumed during the Huffman Drainage Analysis investigation, but the exact location of the Luce Bayou bypass channel has not been finalized. In the preliminary engineering stage of this project, a more detailed evaluation of the site conditions, environmental and geotechnical considerations, and design configuration will be conducted in order to determine a recommended route for the bypass channel. The Preliminary Engineering Stage is expected to be complete in fall 2021.

In September 2020, the project team will be meeting with potentially affected property owners regarding property impacts and potential solutions to minimize impacts. Due to the lack of Flood Control District-owned right-of-way and publicly available property in the proposed project area, property acquisition will be necessary to construct the proposed bypass channel.

Once a recommended alignment for the proposed bypass channel has been identified, meetings with impacted property owners will be scheduled, and a Flood Control Bond Project Community Engagement meeting will be held to present the recommended project and discuss the next steps.

Overview of Proposed Bypass Channel in Watershed - Preliminary Alignment

PROJECT LIFECYCLE

Every flood damage reduction project is unique. Yet each project begins and ends, with common and predictable milestones along the way. Whether a project moves forward – and how quickly – depends on many factors, including the availability of funding at each milestone, shifting community priorities for flood damage reduction, and other changing circumstances (such as the price of trees or concrete) from year to year.

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