C-14 Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project

C-14 Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project

Last Modified: 09/22/2020 02:57 PM

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Tree Removal Advisory

In advance of the upcoming construction activities along White Oak Bayou this fall, the Houston Parks Board is relocating approximately 100 trees from their designated Bayou Greenway along White Oak Bayou between Alabonson Rd. and Hollister Dr. These trees are 4” to 8” in diameter and 12’ to 15’ tall and are being relocated now to ensure their survivability. These trees would otherwise be impacted by future construction. The tree removal began on June 1, 2020, and questions may be directed to [email protected].

Recent Actions

September 15, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court awarded a $20,574,645 contract for construction of channel modification on White Oak Bayou from Hollister Road to FM 1960.

July 14, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved the advertisement for construction bids for this project.

June 30, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $499,700 agreement for materials engineering and testing services in support of this project.

June 6, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the purchase of seven tracts of land in support of this project.

June 1, 2020 – To make way for the future White Oak Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, the Houston Parks Board relocated approximately 100 trees that would otherwise be impacted by future construction.

May 19, 2020 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved updates to project details in the 2018 Bond Program List. Update changes funding based on 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act signed February 2018, in which the remaining amount of the agreement is at full Federal expense. Additionally, negotiations were authorized for materials engineering and testing services in support of this project.

April 7, 2020 - Harris County Commissioners Court authorized to purchase three tracts of land in support of this project

May 14, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court approved a $463,180 agreement with an engineering firm for engineering services in support of a project to construct channel conveyance improvements on White Oak Bayou from West Tidwell Road to FM 1960 

December 18, 2018 –  Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the County Judge to execute an amendment to the Flood Control District Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that will allow the Corps to fully reimburse the Flood Control District for any work on the Hunting Bayou federal project after February 9, 2018. Previous partial reimbursements for $53 million in work completed before that date are ongoing and are still subject to annual federal appropriations. 

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers long-term investment plan of July 2018 includes $45 million to complete the project

Project description

The White Oak Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project is a multi-year, $124 million project that will substantially reduce flooding risks along White Oak Bayou. Started in 1998, the project is in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the Flood Control District designated as the lead. This partnership, made possible by Section 211(f) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, allows the Flood Control District to work hand-in-hand with the federal government to leverage local tax dollars. As of today, there are only two segments remaining before White Oak Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project is considered complete.

The White Oak Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project includes:

  • Construction of approximately 15.4 miles of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou from Cole Creek near West Tidwell Road to F.M. 1960;
  • Excavation of six stormwater detention basins to hold over one billion gallons of stormwater; and
  • Construction of the Jersey Village Channel (HCFCD Unit E200-00-00), which carries approximately 30 percent of White Oak Bayou flows around the City of Jersey Village during heavy rains.

Many of these projects have been completed.

Remaining projects include the construction of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou from Cole Creek to F.M. 1960.

In early July, the Flood Control District will solicit bids for the segment of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou (HCFCD Project ID# E100-00-00-E005, Discrete Segment 105), from Hollister Street to F.M. 1960. The contract will be awarded to the lowest, responsible bidder and the advertisement will be posted for 4 weeks. Construction of this segment is anticipated to begin in fall 2020 and be completed by the end of 2021.

In fall 2020, the Flood Control District will solicit bids for the segment of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou (HCFCD Project ID# E100-00-00-E006, Discrete Segment 104, from Cole Creek to Hollister Street. Construction of this segment is anticipated to begin early in 2021 and be completed by the end of 2021.

Upon project completion, the Flood Control District estimates that within the project area, most areas along White Oak Bayou will see water surface elevation reductions of 0.1 to 1.8 feet for the 1 percent (100-year) flooding event.

Multiple projects included under this bond project

The Harris County Flood Control District has a significant number of flood damage reduction projects occurring all over Harris County as part of its on-going Capital Improvement Program (CIP), Operations and Maintenance, and the 2018 Bond Program. Click the Project ID on the Map to learn about projects’ details. Some early-stage projects are not highlighted on the map. The map will be updated when projects advance or when more information becomes available.

Virtual Community Engagement Meeting

An online community meeting was held for this project on:

Date: Tuesday August 4, 2020
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

You can submit a comment and see the meeting presentation and video by clicking the links below.

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