Hurricane Harvey

As of 10/11/2018

Hurricane Harvey - Kingwood Information

As of September 2018, dredging is underway along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River near the West Lake Houston Parkway Bridge. Over 4.5 miles of pipeline is in position to remove over 1.8 million cubic yards of sediments deposited after Hurricane Harvey and other recent storms.

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are asking recreational boaters to stay clear of the operations which is expected to last through May of 2019.

> Learn More (Press Release: US Army Corps of Engineers)

On January 31, 2018, the Harris County Flood Control District committed to assessing the major drainage channels in Kingwood, as it works toward accomplishing the following items:

  • Determining the ownership and maintenance responsibilities for all 29 miles of open channels in the Kingwood area. In the case of some channels, no public entity claims ownership.  
  • Developing a long-term plan for the ownership and maintenance responsibilities of channels and document the conclusions.
  • Determining immediate projects needed to provide positive drainage as soon as possible. These types of projects could include selective clearing, debris and/or sediment removal within the tributary systems.
  • Identifying potential drainage issues that would require additional coordination or investigation before becoming a long-term project.
  • Determining the environmental permitting requirements for working within the tributary channels and the San Jacinto River.

For the purpose of this assessment, the Kingwood area is bounded by the county line on the north and west, US 59 on the west, West Fork of the San Jacinto River on the south, and East Fork of the San Jacinto River and Caney Creek on the east.  Drainage for the Kingwood area is provided through more than 29 miles of tributary channels of the West and East Forks of the San Jacinto River.

As of August 24, 2018, the Flood Control District has completed 11 projects to provide positive drainage in the Kingwood area since Hurricane Harvey, as shown on the channel assessment reports. The assessment reports have been updated to reflect current status information. Please refer to the date on the top of each assessment report to determine when its most recent status update was made. For segments where work is not anticipated, the assessment report dates will always remain the same as the date they were published (that is March 29, 2018). 

The Flood Control District has begun surveying activities in connection with a project to remove sediment on property it owns along a 6,900-foot stretch of Ben’s Branch (a tributary of the San Jacinto River). Located near the Kingwood Library and Lake Houston YMCA, this project will start just south of Kingwood Drive and end approximately 1,800 linear feet downstream (east) of West Lake Houston Parkway.


  1. Conduct a field survey to determine existing conditions – started August 23, 2018a
  2. Develop construction plans
  3. Bid and award project
  4. Construct project

The Flood Control District is still waiting for the City of Houston to resolve property ownership issues to establish maintenance responsibilities. For these channel segments, the assessment reports will be updated after decisions have been made and next steps are known. If there are any questions regarding the property ownership issues, please contact the City of Houston.

To view the current assessment reports for individual channel reaches in the Kingwood area:

  1. View our Kingwood Area Drainage Assessment Map
  2. Next, select Kingwood Assessment Reports tab at the top right of page
  3. Select an individual channel reach. The assessment report for that channel reach shows the ownership, maintenance responsibilities and any identified plan for an individual channel reach.

Interactive Maps of Kingwood Assessment Area

Learn more using these informational maps to view the information gathered to date.

> HCFCD Kingwood Area Drainage Assessment

Drainage Assessment of Channels on the Northwest Side of Lake Houston

In April 2018, the Flood Control District assessed the channels on the south side of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River to determine whether there is positive drainage (meaning that a drainage channel is able to transport stormwater without a significant blockage that prevents stormwater from moving at all). The assessment area is bounded by the West Fork of the San Jacinto River on the north, Lake Houston on the east, Will Clayton Parkway on the south and Woodland Hills Drive on the west. The assessment report can be found here:

> Drainage Assessment of Channels on the Northwest Side of Lake Houston.

Helpful Links

> National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service for the West Fork of the San Jacinto River near Humble

> San Jacinto River Authority's 1957 Master Plan Report for the Full Scale Development of the San Jacinto River

> Regional Flood Protection Study for the Lake Houston Watershed Flood Program, dated June 2000.