Projects & Studies

Cedar Bayou Flood Risk Reduction Study

About the Study

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The purpose of the Cedar Bayou Flood Risk Reduction Study is to identify flood risks, develop options to mitigate that risk, update the Harris County Flood Control District Hazard Mitigation Plan, and explore enhancements to the existing flood warning system. The principal focus will be on streams located in Harris County. The scope of the feasibility study includes investigating 18 of the tributaries on the Harris County side of the watershed in greater detail, as well as the main stem of Cedar Bayou, for a total study area comprised of more than 90 stream miles. As part of the planning process, input from the surrounding jurisdictions will be considered and, if appropriate, included in the recommendations for improvements to the Cedar Bayou watershed.

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> Video: Second of Three Public Meetings
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The study will update floodplain modeling information along Cedar Bayou on studied streams, as well as develop detailed modeling for several previously unstudied streams within Harris County. In addition, the study will investigate structural and nonstructural flood damage reduction projects for Cedar Bayou and selected tributaries within Harris County and will develop a flood risk reduction plan for the watershed that considers environmental concerns such as stream processes and the natural environment. Funding for the study is made possible by a $250,000 Flood Protection Planning Grant awarded to the Flood Control District by the Texas Water Development Board. The Flood Control District has already committed an additional $450,000 towards the work effort.

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Second Public Meeting about the Study

The Flood Control District held its second public meeting of three for the Cedar Bayou Flood Risk Reduction Study in mid-November. Two meetings were conducted in order to accommodate residents living in the Cedar Bayou watershed. While the location varied for the meetings, the same information was shared at both meetings. The meetings were held on:

(Completed) Monday, November 13, 2017 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.* Crosby Community Center
409 Hare Road, Crosby, Texas 77532

Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.* Baytown Community Center
2407 Market Street, Baytown, Texas 77520

The purpose of these meetings was to inform residents about the status of the Cedar Bayou Flood Risk Reduction Study and share initial data that has been gathered. Please note that both meeting locations are near the Cedar Bayou watershed; however, both locations are situated just west of the watershed boundary. This was the second of three rounds of public meetings for this study. For questions, please contact the HCFCD Project and Study Information Line at 713-684-4040, or fill out the comment form online at www.hcfcd.org/CedarBayouStudy.  

* Registration began at 6:00 p.m., followed by a presentation that began at 6:30 p.m.

Study Timeframe

The study, which began in February 2017, is expected to take approximately one year to complete.


Currently the study team is working on the initial phase of the study, which includes data collection and environmental assessments. Moving forward, the team will use information gathered and developed during the initial phase of the study to identify and assess potential flood risk reduction measures for the Cedar Bayou watershed, before making recommendations during the final phase of the study. During the study, the Flood Control District will hold three public meetings to gather input and share information about the study. The final deliverable will be a report with recommendations for flood risk reduction projects throughout the Cedar Bayou watershed and provide associated cost estimates for the recommended projects.