Harris County Flood Control District

Harris County Flood Control District A special purpose district created by the Texas Legislature in 1937 in response to devastating flood The Harris County Flood Control District (the District) is a special purpose district created by the Texas Legislature in 1937 in response to devastating floods that struck the region in 1929 and 1935.

The District's jurisdictional boundaries are set to coincide with Harris County, a community of more than 3.7 million people that includes the City of Houston. The other boundaries in which we operate - those provided by nature - are of the 22 primary watersheds within Harris County's 1,756 square miles. Each has its own independent flooding problems. Each presents unique challenges.

Operating as usual

11/27/2021

Looking to get involved in a community project?

Check out our Storm Water Inlet Markings (SWIM) Program. The Harris County Flood Control District provides materials to any individual or group wishing to participate in helping mark every storm drain in Harris County.

Learn more at cleanwaterways.org

11/25/2021

#HappyThanksgiving 🍂

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Boudreaux Stormwater D...
11/24/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Boudreaux Stormwater Detention Basin Project

Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Register online & begin asking questions at https://publicinput.com/Boudreaux

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Boudreaux Stormwater Detention Basin Project

Thursday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m.

Register online & begin asking questions at https://publicinput.com/Boudreaux

The Harris County Flood Control District will soon begin an Excavation and Removal (E&R) project on the former Woodridge...
11/24/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District will soon begin an Excavation and Removal (E&R) project on the former Woodridge property near Woodland Hills and Northpark Drive. E&R projects allow for progress in advance of future stormwater detention basin construction at a minimal cost to Harris County.

As much as 500,000 cubic yards of soil and other material is expected to be removed. The property is expected to be an active construction zone for up to three years.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3DOGmP5

The Harris County Flood Control District will soon begin an Excavation and Removal (E&R) project on the former Woodridge property near Woodland Hills and Northpark Drive. E&R projects allow for progress in advance of future stormwater detention basin construction at a minimal cost to Harris County.

As much as 500,000 cubic yards of soil and other material is expected to be removed. The property is expected to be an active construction zone for up to three years.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3DOGmP5

Timeline Photos
11/23/2021

Timeline Photos

A rainy Thanksgiving is ahead for SE TX as an approaching cold front brings widespread showers and storms to the area. Area-wide rainfall totals of 1-2" are expected with locally higher amounts possible. Leave yourself some extra travel time if heading out. #houwx #txwx

Keep up with capital and maintenance active construction projects. Our interactive map provides project description, bud...
11/23/2021

Keep up with capital and maintenance active construction projects. Our interactive map provides project description, budget and location in all Harris County Commissioners Court Precincts.

Learn more online at https://bit.ly/30dtZda

Keep up with capital and maintenance active construction projects. Our interactive map provides project description, budget and location in all Harris County Commissioners Court Precincts.

Learn more online at https://bit.ly/30dtZda

11/22/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District carefully screens potential tree planting sites. Take a look at this aerial view of a Greens Bayou site, where the Flood Control District planted over 4,000 trees earlier this year.

Learn more about our Tree Planting Program on our website at bit.ly/3d7IsPF

The Harris County Flood Control District continues to make progress on general drainage system repairs in southern Harri...
11/22/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District continues to make progress on general drainage system repairs in southern Harris County.

Learn more about general maintenance and multi-watershed projects at hcfcd.org

The Harris County Flood Control District continues to make progress on general drainage system repairs in southern Harris County.

Learn more about general maintenance and multi-watershed projects at hcfcd.org

#EmployeeSpotlight: Meet Commissioners Court Coordinator, Yesenia Martinez.Yesenia’s role in the Financial & Technical S...
11/19/2021

#EmployeeSpotlight: Meet Commissioners Court Coordinator, Yesenia Martinez.

Yesenia’s role in the Financial & Technical Services Division is essential in the development and review of all commissioners court requests. We are grateful for her hard work and dedication!

#EmployeeSpotlight: Meet Commissioners Court Coordinator, Yesenia Martinez.

Yesenia’s role in the Financial & Technical Services Division is essential in the development and review of all commissioners court requests. We are grateful for her hard work and dedication!

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Tributaries P138-01-00...
11/18/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Tributaries P138-01-00 & P138-01-01 Flood Risk Reduction Project

Wednesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Register online & begin asking questions at https://publicinput.com/P138trib

The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Tributaries P138-01-00 & P138-01-01 Flood Risk Reduction Project

Wednesday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Register online & begin asking questions at https://publicinput.com/P138trib

#KnowYourWatershed: The Clear Creek watershed is located in southern Harris County. The watershed encompasses portions o...
11/17/2021

#KnowYourWatershed: The Clear Creek watershed is located in southern Harris County. The watershed encompasses portions of Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Fort Bend counties

Learn more about projects in the Clear Creek watershed at https://bit.ly/3nqxWb3

#KnowYourWatershed: The Clear Creek watershed is located in southern Harris County. The watershed encompasses portions of Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, and Fort Bend counties

Learn more about projects in the Clear Creek watershed at https://bit.ly/3nqxWb3

Officials shared an update on a  $100 million Hunting Bayou project that is expected to lift close to 4,450 homes out of...
11/17/2021

Officials shared an update on a $100 million Hunting Bayou project that is expected to lift close to 4,450 homes out of the 1 percent (100-year) floodplain by spring 2022.

Learn more about Project Hunting at http://hcfcd.org/C18

Harris County Precinct One Office of County Judge Lina Hidalgo

Officials shared an update on a $100 million Hunting Bayou project that is expected to lift close to 4,450 homes out of the 1 percent (100-year) floodplain by spring 2022.

Learn more about Project Hunting at http://hcfcd.org/C18

Harris County Precinct One Office of County Judge Lina Hidalgo

"The Harris County Flood Control District is in year two of a study to figure out where larger tunnels could best divert...
11/17/2021
More than a pipe dream: Harris County hopes for flooding relief

"The Harris County Flood Control District is in year two of a study to figure out where larger tunnels could best divert millions of gallons of floodwater, saving lives and untold amounts of property damage annually."

Sometimes a widened creek does the job to alleviate flooding. Perhaps a stormwater detention feature does the trick.

The Bauer-Hockley Stormwater Detention Basin is located north and east of the intersection of Bauer-Hockley and Becker r...
11/16/2021

The Bauer-Hockley Stormwater Detention Basin is located north and east of the intersection of Bauer-Hockley and Becker roads in northwest Harris County.

Phase 1 of the of this project was completed in Winter 2020. Once all planned phases are complete, this basin is expected to hold approximately 251 million gallons of excess stormwater that might otherwise flood local businesses and residents.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3DhJe6Z

Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner's Office

The Bauer-Hockley Stormwater Detention Basin is located north and east of the intersection of Bauer-Hockley and Becker roads in northwest Harris County.

Phase 1 of the of this project was completed in Winter 2020. Once all planned phases are complete, this basin is expected to hold approximately 251 million gallons of excess stormwater that might otherwise flood local businesses and residents.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3DhJe6Z

Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner's Office

Encroachments on Flood Control District property can:▪️Obstruct drainage channels from carrying stormwater efficiently.▪...
11/15/2021

Encroachments on Flood Control District property can:

▪️Obstruct drainage channels from carrying stormwater efficiently.
▪️Block maintenance equipment from performing necessary repairs.
▪️Increase the overall cost of maintaining existing infrastructure.
▪️Prevent rescue workers and first responders from reaching people during particularly hazardous weather events.

Learn how to avoid creating encroachments at https://bit.ly/3yEkDHh

Encroachments on Flood Control District property can:

▪️Obstruct drainage channels from carrying stormwater efficiently.
▪️Block maintenance equipment from performing necessary repairs.
▪️Increase the overall cost of maintaining existing infrastructure.
▪️Prevent rescue workers and first responders from reaching people during particularly hazardous weather events.

Learn how to avoid creating encroachments at https://bit.ly/3yEkDHh

The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction on a maintenance project in the Armand Bayou watershed ...
11/12/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction on a maintenance project in the Armand Bayou watershed that will address slope failure repairs from Space Center Boulevard to Armand Bayou.

Construction equipment will access the work area via Armand Bayou. Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points.

More information at https://bit.ly/3kys6m1
Harris County Precinct 2

The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction on a maintenance project in the Armand Bayou watershed that will address slope failure repairs from Space Center Boulevard to Armand Bayou.

Construction equipment will access the work area via Armand Bayou. Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points.

More information at https://bit.ly/3kys6m1
Harris County Precinct 2

INCYMI: "The Harris County Flood Control District has started on a new maintenance project in the Cypress Creek watershe...
11/12/2021
HCFCD working to mitigate flow speed in Cypress Creek watershed channel

INCYMI: "The Harris County Flood Control District has started on a new maintenance project in the Cypress Creek watershed. The project involves building a new reinforced concrete spillway and stilling basin along about 400 feet upstream at Old Ranch Road."

Maintenance on the Cypress Creek watershed is underway to slow down the flow of water to...

Join us TODAY at 6:30 p.m. for the virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Genoa Red Bluff Stormwater Detention Bas...
11/11/2021

Join us TODAY at 6:30 p.m. for the virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Genoa Red Bluff Stormwater Detention Basin.

Join online at https://publicinput.com/genoarb

Join us TODAY at 6:30 p.m. for the virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Genoa Red Bluff Stormwater Detention Basin.

Join online at https://publicinput.com/genoarb

We are grateful to all the veterans for their service. #HappyVeteransDay.
11/11/2021

We are grateful to all the veterans for their service. #HappyVeteransDay.

We are grateful to all the veterans for their service. #HappyVeteransDay.

Our Flood Warning System relies on a network of strategically placed gage stations. Be aware of rainfall conditions near...
11/11/2021

Our Flood Warning System relies on a network of strategically placed gage stations. Be aware of rainfall conditions near your workplace, schools and home.

Get the latest updates during heavy rainfall events at http://harriscountyfws.org

Our Flood Warning System relies on a network of strategically placed gage stations. Be aware of rainfall conditions near your workplace, schools and home.

Get the latest updates during heavy rainfall events at http://harriscountyfws.org

Heavy rain at Buffalo Bayou @ Turning Basin near Denver Harbor. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in ...
11/11/2021
Site 2210 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Buffalo Bayou @ Turning Basin near Denver Harbor. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

11/11/2021

⛈️ ⛈️ STRONG THUNDERSTORMS ⛈️ ⛈️ are moving through our area. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with this storm and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.
More: https://bit.ly/3wzwcPy

Heavy rain at Halls Bayou @ Airline Dr near Highland Heights. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in th...
11/11/2021
Site 1690 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Halls Bayou @ Airline Dr near Highland Heights. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Heavy rain at Cypress Crk @ Stuebner-Airline Rd near Champions. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in ...
11/11/2021
Site 1140 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Cypress Crk @ Stuebner-Airline Rd near Champions. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Heavy rain at Cypress Crk @ Kuykendahl Rd near Champions. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the la...
11/11/2021
Site 1130 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Cypress Crk @ Kuykendahl Rd near Champions. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

#KnowYourWatershed: The Cedar Bayou watershed is the easternmost watershed in Harris County, and generally serves as the...
11/10/2021

#KnowYourWatershed: The Cedar Bayou watershed is the easternmost watershed in Harris County, and generally serves as the border for Harris County with Chambers and Liberty counties. The cities of Baytown and Mont Belvieu are located within the watershed, which encompasses nearly 200 square miles.

Learn more about projects in the Cedar Bayou watershed at https://bit.ly/3F4Cr12

#KnowYourWatershed: The Cedar Bayou watershed is the easternmost watershed in Harris County, and generally serves as the border for Harris County with Chambers and Liberty counties. The cities of Baytown and Mont Belvieu are located within the watershed, which encompasses nearly 200 square miles.

Learn more about projects in the Cedar Bayou watershed at https://bit.ly/3F4Cr12

Construction on the $9.6 million Buffalo Speedway Bridge over Brays Bayou continues as crews work to finish the new brid...
11/09/2021

Construction on the $9.6 million Buffalo Speedway Bridge over Brays Bayou continues as crews work to finish the new bridge and channel widening which is expected to be completed by Winter 2021/2022.

The new bridge will increase the capacity of the channel, allowing for more flood waters to flow throughout Brays Bayou.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3bY8i76

Construction on the $9.6 million Buffalo Speedway Bridge over Brays Bayou continues as crews work to finish the new bridge and channel widening which is expected to be completed by Winter 2021/2022.

The new bridge will increase the capacity of the channel, allowing for more flood waters to flow throughout Brays Bayou.

For more information, visit https://bit.ly/3bY8i76

Happening This Week: The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the G...
11/09/2021

Happening This Week: The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Genoa Red Bluff Stormwater Detention Basin.

Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Register online & begin asking questions at https://publicinput.com/genoarb

Happening This Week: The Harris County Flood Control District will hold a virtual Community Engagement Meeting for the Genoa Red Bluff Stormwater Detention Basin.

Thursday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Register online & begin asking questions at https://publicinput.com/genoarb

Progress continues on Flood Control District-owned property west of T.C. Jester Boulevard and south of Cypresswood Drive...
11/08/2021

Progress continues on Flood Control District-owned property west of T.C. Jester Boulevard and south of Cypresswood Drive. The site has been cleared and so far, 6,373 cubic yards of soil have been removed. This is part of a plan to develop a stormwater detention basin compartment onsite.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3ognbHI
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Office

Progress continues on Flood Control District-owned property west of T.C. Jester Boulevard and south of Cypresswood Drive. The site has been cleared and so far, 6,373 cubic yards of soil have been removed. This is part of a plan to develop a stormwater detention basin compartment onsite.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3ognbHI
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Office

"Representatives from Harris County Flood Control District, the City of Houston, Harris County Precinct 2, Houston Wilde...
11/08/2021
City Of Houston: Houston Celebrates Texas Arbor Day By Planting 1,000 Trees Along Greens Bayou On Harris County Lands Between Two Housto ...

"Representatives from Harris County Flood Control District, the City of Houston, Harris County Precinct 2, Houston Wilderness and approximately 100 volunteers participated in the event, planting 1,000 native trees along Greens Bayou near Crooker/Moody Park."

November 5, 2021 -- As the world embarked this week on actions to address climate change during the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the City of ...

Construction on the $7.7 million South 75th Street Bridge over Brays Bayou continues as crews pour concrete on the bridg...
11/05/2021

Construction on the $7.7 million South 75th Street Bridge over Brays Bayou continues as crews pour concrete on the bridge deck. The new bridge will include four 11-foot-wide lanes and 10-foot sidewalks. Construction is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2ZSjUGo

Construction on the $7.7 million South 75th Street Bridge over Brays Bayou continues as crews pour concrete on the bridge deck. The new bridge will include four 11-foot-wide lanes and 10-foot sidewalks. Construction is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.

For more information, visit: https://bit.ly/2ZSjUGo

The Flood Control District was originally established as a special purpose district that was to serve as the local spons...
11/04/2021

The Flood Control District was originally established as a special purpose district that was to serve as the local sponsor for the Harris County region for flood damage reduction projects developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That is still one of our primary roles today. USACE remains one of our strongest federal partners.

Learn more at hcfcd.org

The Flood Control District was originally established as a special purpose district that was to serve as the local sponsor for the Harris County region for flood damage reduction projects developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. That is still one of our primary roles today. USACE remains one of our strongest federal partners.

Learn more at hcfcd.org

#ThrowbackThursday: Checkout this photo taken back in the 1930s of a boatyard in Brays Bayou. The bayou is looking a lit...
11/04/2021

#ThrowbackThursday: Checkout this photo taken back in the 1930s of a boatyard in Brays Bayou.

The bayou is looking a little different these days, visit hcfcd.org/Brays to keep all with current construction projects.

#ThrowbackThursday: Checkout this photo taken back in the 1930s of a boatyard in Brays Bayou.

The bayou is looking a little different these days, visit hcfcd.org/Brays to keep all with current construction projects.

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I have a question for Gary Zika and the Project Brays team. With the renovation work on Buffalo Speedway to occur, the additional water flows into Poor Farm Ditch and into Brays is or is not offset by detention capacity added? After reading about the Buffalo Speedway rebuilding project and the new 8 foot square stormwater lines, which dump into Poor Farm Ditch. Where is the offsets for increased flow into Brays?
HCFCD, Can you explain how this was allowed to happen. https://www.golfchannel.com/news/future-bright-houston-open-memorial-park-move?fbclid=IwAR1CdcDUCsdLB0mxm5PpT2FcWNbTQH2WrBL0DhkazstSvd8sKQD1TKndEzQ From the article: "What Doak did with this previously flat, flood-prone land was remarkable. He effectively added elevation and improved drainage into the Buffalo Bayou, which runs through the park. (How effective? Tropical Storm Imelda dropped nine inches on Memorial Park last month; the next day, the greens and fairways were being mowed.)" Why on earth does it make sense to take water that fell in a place where it can slowly soak into the ground and quickly funnel it to Buffalo Bayou where it will contribute to flooding others--either downstream or taking up capacity in an already overloaded bayou? It's ridiculous.
I wanted to do a big thanks to HCFCD; Gary Zika, Melissa and Rusty as well as the others on Project Brays. The rainfall we received last month from the storm on September 21/22 was handled by the storm water systems especially along Braesheather and the cul de sacs of Cranleigh, Endicott et al. I have been told that through the rains the water never went over the curb on Cranleigh! This is great news as it appears that the new detention dug out and connections to the Meyerland Section 7 worked well to get the water into the Brays Bayou system! Looking forward to the finish line as we get the bridges rebuilt over the next year and a half. It is my belief that we finally have adequate flows from the Rebuild Houston work from 2015! Thanks for your continued efforts to get us out of danger!
You guys are doing a great service!
https://tx-bellaire6.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/26079/Drainage-Master-Plan-PPT---FMTF---V5 How would increasing storm water flow from Bellaire to Brays Bayou, not affect the bayou? It seems curious to me that with substantial improvements in storm water flow from Bellaire as they are proposing, the claim is no impact on Brays capacity. Please review this and let me know if this is truly the case or not.
This is the long overgrown Harris County Flood Control drainage ditch in La Porte. When are y'all gonna maintain the existing drainage system?
We sure need someone to come out to the 15000 block of Crosswinds Drive and clean out the flood drains on the street. Last time we had a hard rain the street flooded
#DYK that #2020Census data determines the amount of funding that schools receive for school books, school lunch programs and school supplies? Apply now at 2020census.gov/jobs to help get the funding needed for schools in your community. To Whom It May Concern Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUjcmzScMvE&feature=youtu.be
I've really been enjoying the diversity of wildflowers along Brays Bayou - I bike the trail nearly every day. Today, I noticed the entire area is being mowed, at least from S. Gessner to the JCC (and the crews look setup in the area to continue work moving east tomorrow). I'd love to understand why the native vegetation is being removed.
I attended the Sims Bayou Community Engagement meeting on Thursday, February 13, at the Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center. The presentation was poor in quality. The attendees could not read the information on the PowerPoint presentation because it was blurred, out of focus, or the print was too small and the presenter seemed to have an "attitude."
I have contacted the Harris County Flood Control months ago asking them to assist with an evasive plant that is killing all of the trees and wildlife on property they control behind my house. At first I sent the pictures and requests to the City of Houston-they came out the next day. They agreed that the problem was critical and needed immediate attention. However, they said their hands were tied bc this is HC Flood Control land. Large trees are dying while they continue to ignore my request for assistance. I suppose my only recourse is to take this to the media. I will also be contacting Texas A&M to ask them to do a study on the damage this is causing.
I just put up my new video about your wunnerful Houston Mayor called "Sly The Mayor Turner" Elections have MAJOR consequences don't they says Tony Buzzbee. Check it out and let me know what you think. “Sly The Mayor Turner” https://youtu.be/RqmZntxqu8w Turning Houston into a 3rd world city Turner hey Mayor what a downright pity. They keep moving in turning this city blue, nothing gets fixed, nothing built new.