Projects & Studies

Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project - White Oak Bayou

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 the excavation of six stormwater detention basins that will hold approximately 1.1 billion gallons of stormwater, construction of approximately 15.4 miles of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou from Cole Creek to F.M. 1960, 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. The remaining projects include the construction of channel conveyance improvements along White Oak Bayou from Cole Creek to the tributary formally identified as HCFCD Unit E122-00-00 and from the Jersey Village Channel to F.M. 1960, and the expansion of two stormwater detention basins. 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.