North Canal

North Canal

Last Modified: 03/26/2020 11:10 PM


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December 3, 2019 – Harris County Commissioners Court initiated a partnership project with the City of Houston for the planning, design and construction of the North Canal.


This partnership project with the City of Houston involves the design and construction of a high-flow diversion channel between White Oak Bayou and Buffalo Bayou, near their confluence in downtown Houston. By bypassing a sharp channel bend near downtown, the project could reduce the risk of flooding upstream and downstream of downtown Houston along both bayous.


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.