June 1

Projects & Studies

(UPDATE: On March 27, 2018, Harris County Commissioners Court authorized the Harris County Flood Control District to negotiate with Cobb, Fendley & Associates Inc. for design, bidding, and construction phase engineering services for channel improvements on White Oak Bayou from Cole Creek near West Tidwell Road to F.M. 1960 as part of the federal project. A project to expand the stormwater detention basin near Fairbanks North Houston Road is in design.)

WHITE OAK BAYOU

FEDERAL FLOOD DAMAGE REDUCTION PROJECT

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.