Projects & Studies

As of 04/08/2019

C-14 WHITE OAK BAYOU FEDERAL FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION PROJECT

Project Description

The White Oak Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project is a multi-year, $166 million project that will substantially reduce flooding risks along White Oak Bayou. Started in 1998, the project is a cooperative effort between the Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps). This partnership, made possible by Section 211(f) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996, allows the Flood Control District to work hand-in-hand with the federal government to leverage local tax dollars.

The project includes:

  • Construction of approximately 15.4 miles of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou from Cole Creek near West Tidwell Road to F.M. 1960;
  • Excavation of six stormwater detention basins to hold approximately 1.1 billion gallons of stormwater; and
  • Construction of the Jersey Village Channel (HCFCD Unit E200-00-00), which carries 30 percent of White Oak Bayou flows around the City of Jersey Village during heavy rains.

Many of these projects have been completed.

Remaining projects include the expansion of one stormwater detention basin and construction of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou from Cole Creek to F.M. 1960.

Upon project completion, the Flood Control District estimates that within the project area, most areas along White Oak Bayou will see water surface elevation reductions of 0.5 to 1.5 feet for the 1 percent (100-year) flooding event.

Multiple Projects Included Under This Bond Project

Fairbanks-North Houston Stormwater Detention Basin (North)

Recent Action

December 18, 2018 -- Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the County Judge to execute an amendment to the Flood Control District Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that will allow the Corps to fully reimburse the Flood Control District for any work on the Hunting Bayou federal project after February 9, 2018. Previous partial reimbursements for $53 million in work completed before that date are ongoing and are still subject to annual federal appropriations.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers long-term investment plan of July 2018 includes $45 million to complete the project