Flood Control Projects Underway in Harris County
Harris County officials have announced that 134 flood control projects are currently underway, with an additional 103 in the works, as part of a $2.5 billion bond program that was approved by voters in August 2018. The projects, which may take up to 10 years to complete, include construction of stormwater detention basins and widening of bayous.
Additionally, the Harris County Flood Control District was awarded a $320,000 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration, with an additional $80,000 in matched local funds, in February 2019 to conduct a feasibility study. The four-month investigation is expected to begin this year and will include a review of soil and groundwater conditions, among other geological and environmental assessments, to determine the viability of underground stormwater conveyance tunnels.
After Hurricane Harvey came ashore in the Houston area in August 2017, Harris County began taking steps to mitigate future damage. The flood control projects and feasibility study will only serve to benefit the county in the event of future natural disasters.