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Two New Flood Control Basins Coming To Greens Bayou

People who live in flood-prone areas of northern Harris County are one step closer to an added layer of protection. Work begins next month on two stormwater detention basins along Greens Bayou.

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One part of the project is called the Kuykendahl Basin. It’ll be dug on the west side of I-45, near Ella Road. The other basin is known as Glen Forest. It’ll be located on the east side of I-45, near Greenspoint Mall.

When the two basins are fully operational in the summer of 2018, they will hold a combined total of a billion gallons of excess storm water.  Kim Jackson with the Harris County Flood Control District says that will reduce flooding risk in any given year along the bayou between Greenspoint and U-S 59 from around 50 percent to 10 percent.

“When we get five to six inches of rain in a 12 to 24-hour period, they’ll be protected from that storm,” Jackson said.

The basins will cost nearly $64 million to build. Almost half is coming from FEMA, in the form of a Hurricane Ike mitigation grant.  The rest is coming from the county. Jackson says, eventually, there could be as many as nine storm water retention basins along Greens Bayou stretching from Willowbrook to the Ship Channel.

There are two community meetings this week to give people who live near the basins an idea of what to expect during the three-year construction phase.  The meeting for the Glen Forest Basin will be held Tuesday, June 28th, at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Greenspoint Mall.

The other meeting for the Kuykendahl Basin is scheduled for Thursday, June 30th, at 6:30 p.m. at Fallbrook Church. 

Jackson is also inviting people who have questions, comments, and concerns to call the HCFCD Project Information line at 713.684.4040.

 

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