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 floods that struck the region in 1929 and 1935.
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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 opera

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 opera

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Harris County Flood Control District crews are out collecting flow measurements in the Spring Branch area.To learn more ...
07/21/2021

Harris County Flood Control District crews are out collecting flow measurements in the Spring Branch area.

To learn more about flood gages and to monitor water levels near you, visit our Flood Warning System at harriscountyfws.org.

#HarrisCounty #txwx #Houwx

Harris County Flood Control District crews are out collecting flow measurements in the Spring Branch area.

To learn more about flood gages and to monitor water levels near you, visit our Flood Warning System at harriscountyfws.org.

#HarrisCounty #txwx #Houwx

Heavy rain at Briar Branch @ Campbell Rd near Spring Valley. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the...
07/21/2021
Site 2255 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Briar Branch @ Campbell Rd near Spring Valley. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Heavy rain at Brickhouse Gully @ Hollister near Spring Branch. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in t...
07/21/2021
Site 582 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Brickhouse Gully @ Hollister near Spring Branch. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Heavy rain at Buttermilk Creek @ Moorberry Ln near Spring Shadows. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain ...
07/21/2021
Site 2253 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Buttermilk Creek @ Moorberry Ln near Spring Shadows. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Timeline Photos
07/21/2021

Timeline Photos

⚠️ FLOOD ADVISORY ⚠️ issued for Harris County until 4:30 PM. Additional rainfall of up to 2 inches is expected over the area. This additional rain will result in minor flooding. Use EXTRA caution when driving.
More: https://bit.ly/3rqTwfN

To perform maintenance and construction activities on our bayous, creeks and streams, crews must have access to Flood Co...
07/21/2021

To perform maintenance and construction activities on our bayous, creeks and streams, crews must have access to Flood Control District property or easement adjacent to these channels. Blocking access to this property is known as an encroachment.

Learn more about our Encroachment Removal Program at https://bit.ly/3ro1Ahs

To perform maintenance and construction activities on our bayous, creeks and streams, crews must have access to Flood Control District property or easement adjacent to these channels. Blocking access to this property is known as an encroachment.

Learn more about our Encroachment Removal Program at https://bit.ly/3ro1Ahs

The Flood Control District is currently excavating the fifth compartment of the Cutten Stormwater Detention Basin, which...
07/20/2021

The Flood Control District is currently excavating the fifth compartment of the Cutten Stormwater Detention Basin, which spans 235 acres near Cutten Road and State Highway 249 in upper Greens Bayou.

Compartment five, currently under construction, is expected to hold 282 million gallons of stormwater. This project, which has a total cost of $16.2million, is part of the Greens Bayou Mid Reach Project that will reduce the risk of flooding for 4,500 homes in the area.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3kxOM6T Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Office

Heavy rain at Brays Bayou @ Rice Ave near Meyerland. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15...
07/20/2021
Site 440 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Brays Bayou @ Rice Ave near Meyerland. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Heavy rain at Halls Bayou @ Tidwell Rd near Forest Brook MS. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the...
07/20/2021
Site 1675 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Halls Bayou @ Tidwell Rd near Forest Brook MS. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

07/19/2021

The Flood Control District uses stormwater detention extensively to reduce the risk of flooding throughout the county. Stormwater detention basins are a place to store potentially damaging floodwaters temporarily until the channels can safely carry the water away.

Learn more about stormwater detention at https://bit.ly/3AIL289

Construction on the Chimney Rock Rd bridge began in Winter 2020/2021 and is anticipated to be completed in Fall 2021. Th...
07/19/2021

Construction on the Chimney Rock Rd bridge began in Winter 2020/2021 and is anticipated to be completed in Fall 2021. The bridge project will cost approximately $10.3 million.

The plan is for segments of the bridges to remain open to commuter and pedestrian traffic during the construction period, with temporary lane closures to the North and Southbound lanes as the bridges are being reconstructed.

For project information & updates visit https://bit.ly/3ioWMnW
Harris County Precinct One

Bond Project C-35, the Little York and Hopper Stormwater Detention Basins and P118-14-00 Channel Conveyance Improvements...
07/17/2021

Bond Project C-35, the Little York and Hopper Stormwater Detention Basins and P118-14-00 Channel Conveyance Improvements project, located in the Halls Bayou watershed is nearing the end of construction.

As part of the channel conveyance improvements on Tributary P118-14-00, crews installed two additional box culverts below Little York Road. Culverts are reinforced concrete pipes that carry water from the neighborhood, under the road, and into the channel.

Learn more at hcfcd.org/C35 Harris County Precinct 2

Bond Project C-35, the Little York and Hopper Stormwater Detention Basins and P118-14-00 Channel Conveyance Improvements project, located in the Halls Bayou watershed is nearing the end of construction.

As part of the channel conveyance improvements on Tributary P118-14-00, crews installed two additional box culverts below Little York Road. Culverts are reinforced concrete pipes that carry water from the neighborhood, under the road, and into the channel.

Learn more at hcfcd.org/C35 Harris County Precinct 2

We are kicking off our #EmployeeSpotlight series with Engineering Project Manager, Brandie Johnson! Brandie works to mai...
07/16/2021

We are kicking off our #EmployeeSpotlight series with Engineering Project Manager, Brandie Johnson!

Brandie works to maintain the scope, schedule and budget of each program/project life cycle—among many other responsibilities. We are proud to have her as part of the team!

We are kicking off our #EmployeeSpotlight series with Engineering Project Manager, Brandie Johnson!

Brandie works to maintain the scope, schedule and budget of each program/project life cycle—among many other responsibilities. We are proud to have her as part of the team!

Heavy rain at Cypress Crk @ Kuykendahl Rd near Champions. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the la...
07/16/2021
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.

Batch 1 for the Major Maintenance of Cypress Creek and Tributaries project began last month. This project involves major...
07/15/2021

Batch 1 for the Major Maintenance of Cypress Creek and Tributaries project began last month.

This project involves major maintenance along Cypress Creek and its tributaries to restore channel conveyance capacity. There are dozens of individual project sites included in the overall effort. A community engagement meeting will be held on this project on July 28.

More at hcfcd.org/CI-012
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Office

Batch 1 for the Major Maintenance of Cypress Creek and Tributaries project began last month.

This project involves major maintenance along Cypress Creek and its tributaries to restore channel conveyance capacity. There are dozens of individual project sites included in the overall effort. A community engagement meeting will be held on this project on July 28.

More at hcfcd.org/CI-012
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner's Office

Heavy rain at Beamer @ Hughes Rd near Ellington Field. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last ...
07/14/2021
Site 160 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Beamer @ Hughes Rd near Ellington Field. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Heavy rain at Turkey Creek @ FM 1959 near Ellington Fld. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the las...
07/14/2021
Site 140 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Turkey Creek @ FM 1959 near Ellington Fld. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

What's the difference between a stormwater drainage system and a sewer system?The sanitary sewer system collects househo...
07/14/2021

What's the difference between a stormwater drainage system and a sewer system?

The sanitary sewer system collects household wastewater from toilets, showers and sinks. The wastewater is sent to a facility where it is first treated before discharging to a stream or bayou. In contrast, stormwater is not usually treated and may carry contaminants directly into our waterways.

Help improve #StormwaterQuality by learning more at cleanwaterways.org

What's the difference between a stormwater drainage system and a sewer system?

The sanitary sewer system collects household wastewater from toilets, showers and sinks. The wastewater is sent to a facility where it is first treated before discharging to a stream or bayou. In contrast, stormwater is not usually treated and may carry contaminants directly into our waterways.

Help improve #StormwaterQuality by learning more at cleanwaterways.org

Heavy rain at Cypress Crk @ Sharp Rd near Hockley. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 m...
07/14/2021
Site 1185 Rainfall Alert

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

Construction continues on a project that will establish and enhance prairie wetlands at the Katy Hockley Mitigation Bank...
07/14/2021

Construction continues on a project that will establish and enhance prairie wetlands at the Katy Hockley Mitigation Bank, a permanently protected, approximately 152-acre property located near Katy Hockley and House & Haul roads in northwest Harris County.

Work on the site began last on Fall 2020 and is expected to be complete in Summer 2021.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/2UIwSn9
Harris County Commissioner PCT 3

Construction continues on a project that will establish and enhance prairie wetlands at the Katy Hockley Mitigation Bank, a permanently protected, approximately 152-acre property located near Katy Hockley and House & Haul roads in northwest Harris County.

Work on the site began last on Fall 2020 and is expected to be complete in Summer 2021.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/2UIwSn9
Harris County Commissioner PCT 3

Heavy rain at Live Oak @ Penick Road near Waller. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 mi...
07/13/2021
Site 1186 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Live Oak @ Penick Road near Waller. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Timeline Photos
07/13/2021

Timeline Photos

⛔ SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ⛔ are moving through our area. Pea size hail and wind gusts up to 50 mph will be possible. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive through flooded roadways. More: https://bit.ly/3B1Tbov

Heavy rain at Carpenters Bayou @ I-10 near Channelview. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last...
07/12/2021
Site 1420 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at Carpenters Bayou @ I-10 near Channelview. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Heavy rain at San Jac. Rvr @ Rio Villa Sub. near Highlands. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the ...
07/12/2021
Site 710 Rainfall Alert

Heavy rain at San Jac. Rvr @ Rio Villa Sub. near Highlands. Street flooding possible.: At least 1.0 inch of rain in the last 15 minutes.

Timeline Photos
07/12/2021

Timeline Photos

⛈️ THUNDERSTORMS ⛈️ are rolling through our area! Winds in excess of 30 mph will be possible with these storms. Torrential rainfall is also occurring with these storms, and may lead to localized flooding. Do not drive through flooded roadways.
More: https://bit.ly/3i0dTw5

07/12/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District picks up about 20,000 cubic yards of debris every year and spends about $1 million a year on debris removal.

Debris is classified in two different ways: organic debris (includes trees, brush, grass wads and stems) and inorganic debris, which is man-made debris (includes things like pallets, mattresses, sofas and car tires.)

Debris removal is an important part of the work we do at the Flood Control District. Residents are encouraged to report bayou and creek blockages to our Citizen Service Center at https://bit.ly/3wEIEvU

Reminder: Your home doesn’t have to be in a flood zone to be at risk. Be prepared. Harris County and the incorporated ci...
07/10/2021

Reminder: Your home doesn’t have to be in a flood zone to be at risk. Be prepared. Harris County and the incorporated cities within the county are participants in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP.) #floodinsurance

Learn more at hcfcd.org/floodinsurance

Reminder: Your home doesn’t have to be in a flood zone to be at risk. Be prepared. Harris County and the incorporated cities within the county are participants in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP.) #floodinsurance

Learn more at hcfcd.org/floodinsurance

Photos from ReadyHarris's post
07/09/2021

Photos from ReadyHarris's post

With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditio...
07/09/2021

With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditions near their workplaces and homes.

The Flood Control District urges all residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels at https://harriscountyfws.org

With heavy rainfall comes the threat of flooding, so it is important for Harris County residents to be aware of conditions near their workplaces and homes.

The Flood Control District urges all residents to monitor rainfall and bayou water levels at https://harriscountyfws.org

Great time today at KPRC2 / Click2Houston shooting a PSA for our Flood Warning System with Harris County Flood Control D...
07/08/2021

Great time today at KPRC2 / Click2Houston shooting a PSA for our Flood Warning System with Harris County Flood Control District Interim Executive Director, Alan Black, and Meteorologists KPRC2 Frank Billingsley, KPRC2 Justin Stapleton and KPRC2 Eric Braate.

Here’s a behind the scenes look! We are joining efforts to remind citizens about invaluable tools and resources that can keep them informed about dangerous weather conditions.

hcfcd.org #fws

Construction continues on the Cypress Creek Tributary K163-00-00 Conveyance Improvements project. This project is design...
07/08/2021

Construction continues on the Cypress Creek Tributary K163-00-00 Conveyance Improvements project. This project is designed to improve channel conveyance and repair erosion along a Cypress Creek tributary near the Ravensway and Timberlake Estates neighborhoods.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3AIzC4o
Harris County Commissioner PCT 3

Construction continues on the Cypress Creek Tributary K163-00-00 Conveyance Improvements project. This project is designed to improve channel conveyance and repair erosion along a Cypress Creek tributary near the Ravensway and Timberlake Estates neighborhoods.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3AIzC4o
Harris County Commissioner PCT 3

07/07/2021

Harris County Flood Control District Deputy Executive Director, Matt Zeve, shares insight into how redefined floodplains are impacting Houston developers and what they can do to help improve the city’s flood resiliency.

Watch the new Texas by Design segment at https://okt.to/HZL8jY

The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction this summer on a maintenance project that will address ...
07/06/2021

The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction this summer on a maintenance project that will address slope erosion along Cary Bayou (HCFCD Unit #Q112-00-00) from East Archer Road to 1,400ft upstream of the channel.

Construction equipment will access the work area via East Archer Road. Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points and along truck routes. The Flood Control District appreciates your patience through the duration of this project.

More information at https://bit.ly/3ys1zeX
Harris County Precinct 2

The Harris County Flood Control District will begin construction this summer on a maintenance project that will address slope erosion along Cary Bayou (HCFCD Unit #Q112-00-00) from East Archer Road to 1,400ft upstream of the channel.

Construction equipment will access the work area via East Archer Road. Motorists are urged to be alert to truck traffic when passing near construction access points and along truck routes. The Flood Control District appreciates your patience through the duration of this project.

More information at https://bit.ly/3ys1zeX
Harris County Precinct 2

Planning a drive during heavy rain events? Check the Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool for ponding areas, which...
07/06/2021

Planning a drive during heavy rain events? Check the Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool for ponding areas, which are sections of roadways and undeveloped land that typically hold stormwater during and after heavy rainfall.

Type in an address in the “ADDRESS SEARCH” box in the left column, and, after the location appears on the map click on the “Ponding” option in the left column. Frequent ponding areas will appear on the map.

Learn more at hcfcd.org/stormcenter

Planning a drive during heavy rain events? Check the Harris County Flood Education Mapping Tool for ponding areas, which are sections of roadways and undeveloped land that typically hold stormwater during and after heavy rainfall.

Type in an address in the “ADDRESS SEARCH” box in the left column, and, after the location appears on the map click on the “Ponding” option in the left column. Frequent ponding areas will appear on the map.

Learn more at hcfcd.org/stormcenter

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The Harris County Flood Control District (the District) is a special purpose district created by the Texas Legislature in 1937 and governed by Harris County Commissioners Court. The District was created 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 4.5 million people (2015) 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 1,777 square miles. Each watershed has its own independent flooding problems. Each watershed presents unique challenges.

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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.