Energy & Environment

Harris County Begins Work on Flood Control Project Near Addicks and Barker Reservoirs

The work is part of a broader effort to study how much of a difference sediment removal makes in improving water flows.

A neighborhood road near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs is seen flooded after Hurricane Harvey.

Construction begins Monday on a $13.3 million flood control project near the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. Crews will be improving creeks that flow into the reservoirs near West Houston neighborhoods that flooded after Hurricane Harvey.

Even before the storm, sediment had been piling up in the creeks, slowing down water flows and reducing the amount of water the creeks can hold. Harvey made the problem worse.

Now, the Harris County Flood Control District will be removing that buildup from Horsepen Creek to start, and later from other channels. The project also includes repairs to banks that were severely eroded by Harvey and the 2016 Tax Day flood.

The district’s Precinct 3 Coordinator Matt Lopez said the project is part of a broader effort to study whether sediment removal actually makes a difference in improving water flows.

“Is the benefit overriding the cost? If it’s not cost worthy, and there’s no benefit to drainage, then we’ll have to look at something else,” he explained.

Lopez said the creek improvements aren’t guaranteed to better protect nearby homes against another Harvey-sized storm. But, he said, the district hopes the work will help with more localized flooding.

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