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Study shows improvements needed

March 28, 2019

A 10 percent rainfall, meaning the chances of that amount of rain happening are once every ten years, is 7.6 inches in 24 hours.

Most of the portions of the East Fork San Jacinto River, Luce, and Cedar Bayou watersheds in Huffman cannot even handle that amount of rain, project manager Jennifer Hundl told the crowd gathered at the May Community Center on March 26 for a Harris County Flood Control District community engagement meeting about the Huffman Area Drainage Improvements Project.

She reported on the findings of the engineering study for the watersheds, which is one of the projects that is a part of the $2.5 billion bond that Harris County voters approved on August 25, 2018 for the purpose of protecting against future storms.

On Nov. 13, the Harris County Commissioner’s Court approved $400,000 for an engineering investigation for the Huffman Area Drainage Improvemets Project. So far, $73,280 has been spent on that investigation, accoridng to HCFCD’s website.

The engineering study is part of the Feasibility Study, the first of the HCFCD’s six step Flood Damage Reduction Project Lifecycle, of which the fifth step is construction.

HCFCD’s website explains, “As part of the preliminary engineering process conducted near the beginning of each project’s development state, and prior to a formal Preliminary Engineering Report being presented to Commissioners Court for approval, the Flood Control District will conduct a public meeting in a primary project watershed to solicit public comments about the project.”

As part of her presentation, Hundl said that the plan is to prepare recommendations based on the engineering study and public feedback, to hold another public meeting in June of 2019, to incorporate the public input from that meeting, and to finish the Feasibility Study in in the fall of 2019.

Since the project has not been finalized, Hundl said she could not comment on the timeline to finish the project or the overall cost.

Hundl encourages the public to give feedback on the project through the comment form on HCFCD’s website

elliott.lapin@hearst.com