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Improved Flood Control with Federal Funding

$295 million allocated to complete Clear Creek Drainage Improvements

Post Date:07/05/2018 3:54 pm

PEARLAND, TEXAS – July 5, 2018 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced today that it will allocate $295 million to fund drainage improvements to the Clear Creek Watershed. This includes widening of Clear Creek from Dixie Farm to just west of SH 288 and the creation of in-line detention areas along the creek.

Clear Creek is a major watershed and improving drainage would benefit citizens in Brazoria, Fort Bend, Galveston and Harris County and is critical to reducing flooding within 16 municipalities.  During Hurricane Harvey over 7,000 residences in the watershed experienced structure flooding.  With the completion of the project, a similar storm would flood 43 percent fewer homes, which is much more cost effective than buying out 3,000 homes or leaving them to flood again.

The City looks forward to working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Brazoria Drainage District No. 4, and the Harris County Flood Control District to continue this vital project which will complement ongoing recovery efforts and help provide the resiliency we need to help prevent future flooding. Funding for this project would not have been possible without the support of Senator John Cornyn, Senator Ted Cruz, Congressman Pete Olson and our State Representative Ed Thompson.

Initially authorized for study in 1962, Clear Creek originates approximately 3 miles west of the West Side City of Pearland city limit and runs along the northern boundary of the City from the west side to the east of the city and ultimately to Clear Lake.  Clear Creek along with various tributaries of Clear Creek such as Town Ditch, Hickory Slough, Mary’s Creek, Cowarts Creek serve to drain more than 90 percent area of the City. Congress allocated a total of $537 million in funding for drainage needs in the Houston and surrounding areas with $295 million dedicated to the Clear Creek Project, which will be managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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