Buffalo Bayou Emergency Repair Project in Terry Hershey Park
As you are probably aware, the tax day floods this spring, which brought 14-18 inches of rainfall to areas in Northwest Houston, filled both Addicks and Barker Reservoirs to capacity. While the Army Corps of Engineers normally discharges water into Buffalo Bayou at the rate of approximately 2,000 cubic feet per second, during the last three months the Corps has been releasing water at double that rate.
As a result, a number of areas on Buffalo Bayou have experienced severe erosion, washouts, and other damage. If you have walked or biked on the north side of the bayou recently you have seen the extensive damage. A number of banks have washed out and some of the hike and bike trail pavement has actually collapsed and fallen into the bayou.
The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) will soon be starting an emergency project to repair approximately one dozen of these damaged locations. They are all located on the north side of Buffalo Bayou, between Beltway 8 on the east and Dairy Ashford on the west.
HCFCD has provided our office with the following information:
- At present, work is scheduled to begin the week of August 22 and will last 2-3 weeks.
- This project is not related to any options or opportunities identified by Charting Buffalo.
- This project has nothing to do with detention in Terry Hershey Park.
- This project has nothing to do with conveyance improvements to Buffalo Bayou.
- While HCFCD may have to remove some trees to tie the new improvements into the existing banks, any such trees will be replaced during the project.
- After HCFCD's contractor, Serco Construction Group, completes the emergency repairs to reconstruct and stabilize the channel banks, Harris County Precinct 3 Parks Department will complete the reconstruction of damaged park amenities.
- Project URL: www.hcfcd.org/thprepairproject
- For more information, questions or comments about this project, please call HCFCD's Project line at 713-684-4040 or email ProjectCommunications@hcfcd.org