Hurricane Harvey left debris piled up in most Harris County bayous and creeks. Downed trees and other storm debris can impede stormwater flow, especially along natural forested channels. Removing this debris was a high priority for the Flood Control District and its Hurricane Harvey recovery effort. With strategic steps that were taken even before the storm in August 2017, this work was completed by October 2018.
- A countywide total of more than 140,000 cubic yards (roughly 40,000 tons) was removed from hundreds of locations around Harris County, using in-house and contract crews.
- In the months immediately after the storm, the Flood Control District removed more than 101,383 cubic yards of debris from across the county.
- In September 2018, the Flood Control District completed removal of more than 25,000 cubic yards (7,042 tons or 642 truckloads) of debris on Buffalo Bayou, from State Highway 6 to east of the downtown area, using self-loading barges, backhoes and other equipment.
- In October 2018, the Flood Control District completed removal of more than 14,000 cubic yards (3,978 tons or 327 truckloads) of debris on Cypress Creek.
While disaster-related debris removal is complete, the Flood Control District will continue to address channel debris as part of its regular routine maintenance program.
Residents are encouraged to report bayou and creek blockages to the Harris County Flood Control District’s Citizen Service Center at www.hcfcd.org/Contact-Us, or by calling (713) 684-4197. If possible, please:
- “Drop a pin” to obtain and share coordinates of the blockage, or
- Include the nearest street address
- Include a photo!
- Include email and/or phone contact information, in case Flood Control District personnel need help in locating the site