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Terry Hershey Park Emergency Repair Project

The banks of Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park experienced severe erosion during major floods of 2016 followed by a 3-month release of stormwater from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. There are now over a dozen locations on the north side of Buffalo Bayou which are public safety hazards.

Please avoid bank drop-offs and trail segments that have been damaged.

Effective immediately, Terry Hershey Park will be closed on the north side of Buffalo Bayou between Beltway 8 and Kirkwood Drive. Due to concerns for public safety, this portion of the park will remain closed until repairs to the bayou banks are complete. Harris County Constables will be patrolling the closed area and issuing citations to trespassers. > Learn More

Thank you for your patience during the repair process. Please check back for project updates below.

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Project Updates

Friday, February 24, 2017

When the weather is sunny and dry, like today, we often get asked the question “why aren’t you working?” The fact is much of our work area remains under water from the rain earlier this week. Often, after it rains, stormwater is released from Addicks and Barker reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou over an extended period of time. Until the water levels have receded and we are able to get our construction equipment in safely, work within or near the bayou cannot resume.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Erosion repairs along Buffalo Bayou remain suspended due to the elevated water levels in the project area. Once water levels have returned to normal, the project area has to be dry enough for construction equipment to access the repair sites before work can fully resume.

District officials are monitoring these conditions to determine when work will be able to resume. Please feel free to call our office should you have any questions.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Repair work is expected to resume tomorrow (weather permitting) following a brief pause after Tuesday’s rain. Contractors have made further progress east of Wilcrest, installing geotextile fabric and rock at some sites to protect the soil from erosion. Work will also continue at pipe outfalls and supporting structures.

As a reminder, the construction area remains closed. If you are planning a visit to the park, all access points west of Kirkwood are open.

Monday, February 6, 2017

Repair work along the bayou has resumed. Construction work areas in the park, including hike and bike trails, remain closed to the public. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to finish repairs as quickly as possible.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continues to release stormwater from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs following last week’s rain events. Erosion repairs remain suspended as we allow the reservoirs to be emptied and the bayou’s water levels to decrease. HCFCD officials are evaluating all conditions to determine how soon the construction of the repair project can resume.

Project updates will be posted here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

We hope everyone is taking caution after last night’s rain event. More rain is expected today and throughout the week. Please take extra caution around areas known to flood.

All repair work along the bayou has been suspended due to high water levels. Conditions will be monitored and any updates will be posted here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The warm, dry weather over the last few days has allowed our contractor to progress with slope reconstruction and replacing outfall pipes this week. However, wet weather is once again a possibility early next week. The Flood Control District will continue to monitor conditions and post any updates here.  Please continue to be cautious of heavy load vehicles entering and exiting at Wilcrest Drive, and please stay out of fenced areas.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Water levels are returning to normal today after rising above the repair areas along the bayou banks for most of this week. Slope reconstruction work has been delayed during this time. Wet site conditions have canceled work today, and the site conditions will be reassessed tomorrow morning. Stronger rainfall in the Addicks Reservoir watershed this morning may extend delays into next week.

As a reminder, please stay out of fenced areas. Constables are patrolling the area as a safety precaution. Citations will be given to individuals found in the construction work area. This includes portions of the park from Beltway 8 to Kirkwood.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Water levels on Buffalo Bayou are up several feet through Terry Hershey Park following the brief but intense rainfall yesterday morning within and upstream of the project area. As site conditions allow, our contractor will resume delivery and staging of materials, as well as slope reconstruction above the high water.

As a reminder, the park remains closed seven days a week, including days on which construction is delayed by rain or high water. Please continue to be cautious of heavy load vehicles entering and exiting at Wilcrest.

Friday, December 30, 2016

As we near the end of 2016, we wanted to let everyone know that we are more than halfway through with construction efforts to repair the banks of Buffalo Bayou through Terry Hershey Park. Construction activities will continue through December 31st and resume on January 2nd, weather permitting. As a reminder, the park remains closed on the north side of Buffalo Bayou through the construction area from Beltway 8 to Kirkwood seven days a week, including holidays. Please be cautious of heavy load vehicles entering and exiting at Wilcrest.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Now that the park has been closed through the construction area, construction traffic has increased east of Wilcrest. Crews have received dozens of truckloads of imported fill each day over the past several days. Please be cautious of heavy load vehicles entering and exiting at Wilcrest.

Please be aware that construction will continue through December 24th and resume on December 26th, weather permitting. As a reminder, the park remains closed seven days a week, including holidays.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Our contractor has installed additional construction fencing at public access points along Wilcrest. As a reminder, the park is closed on the north side of Buffalo Bayou from Beltway 8 to Kirkwood as repairs continue. We encourage you to visit the trails and park space that remain open to the public.

Repairs are expected to continue through the end of the week within the closed construction area.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Construction area closed to the public

Effective immediately, Terry Hershey Park is temporarily closed on the north side of Buffalo Bayou between Beltway 8 and Kirkwood Drive. The remainder of Terry Hershey Park continues to be open to the public.

A portion of Harris County Precinct 3’s Terry Hershey Park is temporarily closed while Harris County Flood Control District work to repair bank failures on Buffalo Bayou continues. The remainder of Terry Hershey Park remains open to the public.

For many weeks, the Harris County Flood Control District and construction teams have repeatedly asked park visitors to stay out of construction areas. Unfortunately, dangerous situations involving pedestrians and bike riders continue to occur on a daily basis. Officials monitoring the situation report that some members of the public are taking undue risks and that the park closure, a last resort, is the safest way to protect the public from potential accidents.

The area of Terry Hershey Park that is temporarily closed is the north side of Buffalo Bayou between Beltway 8 and Kirkwood Drive. “No Trespassing” signs will be posted around the area to communicate the closure.

Other areas of Terry Hershey Park remain open. Specifically, the north side between Kirkwood Dr. and Highway 6, and the entire park on the south side of Buffalo Bayou remain open from Beltway 8 to Highway 6.

Closure in the repair area is effective immediately and will last until bank stabilization repairs are complete. Harris County Constables will be patrolling the closed area and issuing citations to trespassers.

Project Update

Repair work along the bayou has resumed after weather-related delays. For the rest of this week, multiple crews will be working throughout the closed area, and construction material will continue to be imported at major thoroughfares.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Erosion repairs along Buffalo Bayou remain suspended due to the continued release of stormwater from Barker Reservoir, which reached empty this morning. However, the water level in the project area is still falling. Once water levels have returned to normal, the project area has to be dry enough for construction equipment to access the repair sites before work can fully resume.

District officials are monitoring these conditions to determine when work will be able to resume. Please feel free to call our office should you have any questions.

Friday, December 9, 2016

As a reminder, bayou repairs will remain on hold through the weekend due to the release of stormwater from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. The Corps of Engineers plans to continue stormwater releases through early next week.

The District will monitor all progress and report further details as they come.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Repair work on Buffalo Bayou remains paused while crews wait for water levels in the bayou to decrease following the recent rain in the watersheds of Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

Should conditions remain dry, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will take about a week to empty the reservoirs and to return Buffalo Bayou to base flow. As conditions allow over the next week, our contractor will continue with limited operations to minimize delays. Updates of when work will fully resume will be posted here.

Please be mindful of wet conditions in the park, especially near construction areas where equipment, mud and debris are present.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Because of the roughly 3 inches of rain that has fallen in the project area since Friday, construction activities have been put on hold to allow the site to dry enough for work to resume. More rain is possible on Wednesday and Thursday. Additionally, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water currently stored in Addicks and Barker reservoirs through the weekend, as conditions allow.

The District is monitoring conditions and will make further updates as they come.  

Friday, December 2, 2016

Winter weather often brings rain in Houston and the forecast for the weekend will likely interrupt work at Terry Hershey Park. If the rains result in ground saturation or higher water levels in Buffalo Bayou, we will monitor conditions and resume work as early as possible. The Flood Control District will post any updates here.

As a reminder, for your safety, the District urges everyone to stay out of active construction sites, even when construction is not occurring.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Work resumed yesterday after weather-related delays. In addition to the ongoing rock installations and removal of soils that cannot be reused on site, as a safety measure, the contractor installed additional construction fencing to protect the public from construction areas.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Wet site conditions from rain last week has delayed work from resuming over the last few days, and we may see more rain tomorrow. The Flood Control District will continue to monitor the situation and post any updates here.

Please exercise caution as rain may create slippery conditions, and please stay away from the construction areas.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Our contractor continues to take deliveries of rock for use at sites east of Wilcrest. The rock will be installed as the sites are excavated and unsuitable soil is removed.

Flood Control District offices will be closed on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving. However, construction is expected to resume during the latter part of the weekend. Please exercise caution if you are in the park.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Due to rain over the last 24 hours, all repair activities have been put on hold through the weekend.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Our contractor continues with rock base installations east of Wilcrest Drive. That work will continue into next week to form a stable slope foundation at each site. You may also see excavated soil that is unsuitable for on-site fill being hauled away from the project area. West of Wilcrest, crews have also been clearing debris as site conditions allow.

Additional construction fence has been installed on the west side of Wilcrest Drive. Please be mindful of this and other barricades designed to keep you safe.

Storms ahead of today’s cold front may delay or cancel work over the next few days. We will post an update if we are unable to work this weekend.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

As we have noted before on this blog and in the Project Fact Sheet, the ongoing repairs in Terry Hershey Park may be delayed by rain – either in the project area or in the watersheds that drain into Buffalo Bayou through the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, west and north of the project area.

You may be wondering why we have chosen repair techniques that are subject to these delays.

Erosion repairs below the channel toe, a portion of the lower bayou, are necessary to provide a stable slope foundation. When water levels rise several feet above base flow, crews are not able to make these crucial repairs. To drain and protect each site with water tight enclosures would raise the cost of the project substantially and would require additional time to prepare and finalize each site. Simply allowing the water to rise and recede after a rain event makes financial and logistical sense for the Terry Hershey Park repairs.

Please also be aware that ground saturation is another factor that can affect the pace of nearly any construction project. Heavy machinery cannot maneuver when soil is wet or muddy. Following rain events in Terry Hershey Park, crews must wait for the soil to dry, even if the bayou has already receded.

Moving forward, project repairs will continue in phases. As each site is surveyed and cleared of debris, portions of the asphalt trail will be removed to allow for construction. Contractors will then install rock bases upon which they will fill to rebuild the slope of the bayou. This process will also include the installation of buried riprap in the slope. Then, crews will grade and clean up the site to allow for the placement of turf and vegetation. After the bayou has been stabilized, Harris County Precinct 3 will reconstruct affected trails.

As a reminder, for your safety, we urge you to stay away from heavy equipment and work areas.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

After a four day work pause due to high water and soil saturation following recent rains, the Terry Hershey Park repair crews are resuming work today. Please steer clear of construction activity and areas while in the park this weekend.

Friday, November 11, 2016

While water levels have receded, bayou slopes are still too saturated for crews to resume repair work. Conditions will be reassessed, and if possible, construction may continue over the weekend.

The Harris County Flood Control District is monitoring project reports and will update this blog with any further news as it comes.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Due to rain over the weekend, all repair activities have been put on hold for the next few days.

Rainfall upstream of the project area has resulted in higher water surface elevations along Buffalo Bayou. The higher water elevations have submerged the base of the repair areas and will prevent crews from working until the bayou recedes.

We will continue to monitor water levels, and we will post another update when work is set to resume.

Friday, November 4, 2016

As repair work at the park continues, please exercise caution and avoid construction areas at all times. Barriers are in place for the public’s safety.

Construction sites will continue to be active with crews placing materials and initiating repairs at multiple locations. Please be aware that several sites have been cleared and have large drop offs where we are in the process of stabilizing the toe.

As a reminder of the ongoing repair process, you can expect to see crews forming rock foundations where erosion has occurred. Earthen fill will then be placed in layers upon the rock and compacted to restore and stabilize the bank slope. Afterwards, a single layer of additional rock is placed on the slope and buried beneath topsoil.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

The removal of brush, vegetation and debris is now complete at the sites located east of Wilcrest. Our contractor will continue placing a stable base at these sites and delivering materials necessary for the repairs over the coming days.

Staging and site preparation for the repair sites west of Wilcrest has begun. The project team walked the area this week to finalize access logistics and to identify desirable native vegetation to avoid or possibly transplant. You will see new material stockpiles and limited clearing of vegetation and debris at sites west of Wilcrest over the next several days.

If you or your family members are actively using the park, we ask you to take special care to stay away from heavy equipment and work areas, particularly if those areas are barricaded or fenced. We appreciate your support.

Friday, October 21, 2016

The Briar Forest Super Neighborhood met earlier this week, and we appreciated the opportunity to provide an update about the project and to answer questions.

Why is the Harris County Flood Control District making the repairs at this time?

The banks of Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park in west Houston experienced widespread erosion during the major floods of 2016, followed by a 3-month release of stormwater from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. There are now over a dozen locations on the north side of Buffalo Bayou that are in need of repair. The sites are spread out from Dairy Ashford Road to downstream of Wilcrest Road.

The planned emergency repair project, within Harris County Flood Control District right-of-way, is a cooperative effort between the Flood Control District , the Harris County Engineering Department, and Harris County Precinct 3. The Flood Control District and Engineering Department partnered on the design. The Flood Control District is working to reconstruct and stabilize the channel banks, and Harris County Precinct 3 will reconstruct and relocate park improvements, including trails.

Why didn’t the District use natural channel design techniques for this project? In recent years you have emphasized the importance of natural channel design.

Our main objective is to stop the spread of erosion that already presents a safety issue. The decision to take a more traditional repair approach supports this objective, and acknowledges that this section of Buffalo Bayou has undergone significant historical modifications.

Was there any consideration given to relocate the trail away from the water’s edge?

Yes. Precinct 3 plans to move the trail away from the edge of the bayou, where possible, while trying to limit impacts to the existing vegetation.

Are you having to cut down trees?

Yes, some trees were seriously damaged by the erosion. Others will be removed simply to allow for repair work along the bank. We are evaluating whether trees can be avoided or whether trees can be removed and transplanted, based on their current condition, native desirability, and proximity to the repair sites. Upon completion of construction, the sites will be revegetated through a phased process, starting with initial ground cover vegetation and later tree plantings on each site. 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Over the past several days, construction crews have cleared, grubbed and removed vegetation and debris from sites along the bayou. The photos below show an area before and after site preparation. You have probably also noticed the substantial rock deliveries to two areas east of N. Wilcrest Drive. These stockpiles will help construction crews efficiently deliver rock to the individual sites over the course of the repair project. We thank you for your patience.

This week, construction crews began placing a stable base at two of the sites east of N. Wilcrest Drive. Repairs at these two sites, along with rock deliveries, will continue into next week.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Rock deliveries to Terry Hershey Park are scheduled this week. As bank stabilization work occurs in the coming weeks, you will see the team place a stable base of rock in the areas where the banks have washed away.

Friday, September 30, 2016

The repair team is continuing preparations at three repair sites east of N. Wilcrest Drive. These repairs are expected to take approximately 6 to 8 weeks, and after that, Harris County Precinct 3 will reconstruct affected trails.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

You may have noticed that our contractor has moved some equipment onto the site. Over the next several days, more equipment will be moved in, and the haul routes will be cleared of obstructions. Some of these obstructions will include the trimming and removal of trees and other vegetation, and we are working to minimize impacts to desirable vegetation. Unsalvageable trees and debris from the repair sites along the bayou will also be removed to prepare for the repair work.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Safety First!

If you or your family members are actively using the park, we ask you to take special care to stay away from heavy equipment and work areas. Thank you for understanding that your safe behavior protects you, other park users and our work teams. We appreciate your support.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

More about the Repair Process

Construction begins today. Bank repairs may take several weeks to complete. After the banks are repaired, Harris County Precinct 3 will reconstruct and relocate park trails and improvements. A substantial number of trees and vegetation were lost in the eroded areas, and some tree and vegetation removal will be required during the repair process. The revegetation process will begin once construction has been completed. Construction crews will access most of the locations from N. Wilcrest Drive.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Repairing the Eroded Bayou Banks

The banks of Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park consist of sandy soils that are prone to erosion. Vegetation along the banks helps minimize this erosion. The repair process involves key steps to stabilize and rebuild the eroded bank:

  • A stable base of rock is established at the bottom of the eroded area to position the repair above the water line.
  • Next, imported earthen fill is placed in layers upon the stable base, and compacted to restore the bank slope.
  • Then, a single rock layer is placed on the new slope, and buried beneath a minimum of 6 inches of topsoil.
  • Finally, vegetation is established above the water line.

At the appropriate time of the year, we will add additional vegetation to further stabilize the bank.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Construction is scheduled to begin Monday to repair and stabilize eroded channel banks in Terry Hershey Park. With construction, there will be large equipment and vehicles, and we ask you to be very careful when visiting the park. Construction is scheduled during daylight hours and may occur seven days a week. Thank you for being careful near construction areas.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

You may have noticed surveying activity again in Terry Hershey Park recently. HCFCD’s survey efforts in the area were suspended for about a month due to repeated rain events and the release of stormwater from the Addicks and Barker reservoirs. We are now surveying the remaining locations along the bayou. The construction schedule for the priority locations will not be affected. Please also be aware that the City of Houston is surveying for its own purposes. The City operates and maintains sanitary sewer facilities in the area, and they are currently designing maintenance projects that also require surveys.

Friday, September 16, 2016

If you are actively using the park, we ask you to take special care to stay away from heavy equipment and work areas. Thank you for understanding that your safe behavior protects you, other park users and our work teams. We appreciate your support.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

High water levels over the past month made conditions worse in certain areas along the bayou.  As a result, we are adding one additional location for repair.  The updated map below identifies all of the repair locations.  The work will be done in phases, starting with the priority locations identified in yellow. 

Map of repair areas on Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park with added erosion repair location.

Monday, September 12, 2016

HCFCD’s Construction Team will be in Terry Hershey Park this week to prepare for construction at the priority repair locations along Buffalo Bayou. Specifically, the Contractor will be establishing access points, haul routes, and staging areas needed to transport and store material necessary for the repairs. Work will soon begin on the first five repair locations, which will be accessed from N. Wilcrest Dr. Thank you for your continued understanding that our ability to work is directly linked to the ongoing wet weather pattern and to the water levels in Buffalo Bayou.

Friday, September 9, 2016

For years the District and other entities have used an existing maintenance berm in Terry Hershey Park to access flood control and park infrastructure.  You may have seen one of our branded trucks on the maintenance berm in the past.  When we begin channel erosion repairs, vehicles and equipment will access repair sites along portions of the maintenance berm, and material storage will be placed near the repair sites.  You may see our team walking the berms preparing for work to begin.    

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

This week we continue to monitor water levels and the potential for rainfall. Currently, the reservoirs are dry; however, water levels in Buffalo Bayou remain elevated from the weekend rainfall. Additional rain is forecast for this week. HCFCD’s Contractor will mobilize when weather permits and water levels have receded. Check back soon for more updates.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Addicks and Barker reservoir gates have been open and releasing stormwater for most of the week, and both reservoirs are now approaching empty. If there is no additional rain, Addicks and Barker reservoirs will be dry next week.

As a reminder, in order for repair work to begin, the reservoirs must be drained completely. We will continue to update you on this situation. Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Since Friday, the Addicks and Barker reservoir watersheds have received less than 1 inch of rain, and the gates at both reservoirs are again open and releasing stormwater. Total storage in the two reservoirs was reduced by 15-20% over the last four days. If there is no additional rain, the Corps estimates it will be releasing water into Buffalo Bayou for another 10 days. 

As a reminder, in order for repair work to begin, the reservoirs must be drained completely with no water being released from the reservoirs into Buffalo Bayou. We will continue to update you on this situation. Thank you for your patience.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Per the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today, storage in the Addicks Reservoir is approximately 21,544 acre-feet, or about 10.8% of the total reservoir storage capacity, and Barker Reservoir storage is approximately 9,176 acre-feet, or about 4.4% of the total reservoir storage capacity. The gates at both reservoirs are open, and if there is no additional rain, the Corps estimates it will be releasing water into Buffalo Bayou for approximately 9 to 11 days.  However, rain is likely in the weekend forecast.  Repair work can only occur when water levels are lower, and water is not being released. We will continue to update you on this situation. Thank you for your patience.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Late last week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District (the Corps) and City of Houston Floodplain Management Office (COH) granted permits for emergency channel repairs on Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park. 

The Corps has verified that construction may proceed under Harris County Regional General Permit (RGP) 37 for Emergency Repair Activities. This permit authorizes “Discharge of dredged or fill material for the repair, rehabilitation, or replacement of structures or fills destroyed or damaged by storms, floods, fire or other discrete events.” General Permit Number SWG-2011-00629, which includes RGP 37, can be found in full here. The Corps' authorization covers all of the proposed channel repairs on Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park.

The COH has verified that the project complies with the City of Houston Floodplain Ordinance (Chapter 19). However, the verification is only for the five most critical repair sites that will be constructed first. Similar verification of the remaining sites will be obtained before they are constructed. This permit requires a preconstruction inspection and a final sitework inspection with the COH.

As we make progress on surveying and verification of the remaining sites, we will provide updates on this page.

Monday, August 15, 2016

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the gates to the Addicks and Barker reservoirs this past weekend due to forecasted rain. As of this morning, storage in the Addicks Reservoir is approaching 13,000 acre-feet from the weekend rainfall (or about 6% of the total reservoir storage capacity), and rain chances remain high early this week. Refer to the USGS reservoir rain gage. The Barker watershed did not get as much rain, but the Barker Reservoir is storing stormwater as well (about 0.1% of total reservoir storage capacity). Both Addicks' and Barker's gates will remain closed through much of the week due to forecasted rain; the Corps will make the decision when they reopen and water is released from both reservoirs to Buffalo Bayou.

We will continue to monitor the situation, as the construction start will likely be delayed by controlled reservoir releases. Watch this page for updates.

Friday, August 12, 2016

This week, our project team provided a briefing to City of Houston office of District G, and the information from this meeting was shared via email to residents within District G.

We also updated the drainage committee chair of the Memorial Super Neighborhood on the project, and we are scheduled to attend the Tuesday, August 16 meeting of the Briar Forest Super Neighborhood to discuss the same information.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Following the surveying of Buffalo Bayou within the Terry Hershey Park in late July, more than a dozen locations on the north side of the bayou were identified as public safety hazards. All of these sites are located between Dairy Ashford Road and Beltway 8 (refer to map exhibit below). 

Together, the Flood Control District, Harris County Engineering Department (HCED) and Precinct 3 will conduct emergency repairs. The District will reconstruct and stabilize the channel banks while Precinct 3 will reconstruct and relocate park improvements, including trails.

Currently, the District and HCED are coordinating required permits with the City of Houston Floodplain Management Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to proceed with the emergency repairs. Approval of those permits is expected within the next week.

Once permits are secured, channel bank repairs by the District will occur site by site. Then, Precinct 3 will follow with park improvements. It is possible that some trees are removed when eroded areas are reconstructed; however the District, with its partner Trees for Houston, will replace any trees that it removes.

Construction could take several weeks.

Trail and park users, please exercise caution in these areas and avoid segments of the trail that have been damaged.

Map of repair areas on Buffalo Bayou in Terry Hershey Park.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Survey crews are now in Terry Hershey Park collecting topographic data in areas along the north bank of Buffalo Bayou and within the bayou itself. Extended stormwater releases from Addicks and Barker reservoirs, and rain the week of July 25, have made it challenging to adequately survey the area. Survey work is being limited to areas where bank erosion has compromised public safety by damaging or threatening adjacent trails. This field data will be used to design repairs to fix the damaged areas and stabilize the banks for trail reconstruction.

Bank erosion and trail damage, north bank, Terry Hershey Park.