Harris County Flood Control District has begun preliminary work on TC Jester Storm Water Detention Basin.
Houston, Texas’ Harris County Flood Control District began a preliminary excavation and removal project on the future site of the TC Jester Storm Water Detention Basin.
The eventual goal of the storm water detention basin is to provide an excavated area to take in and temporarily hold excess storm water during heavy rain events, according to the Community Impact Newspaper.
HCFCD officials applied for $10 million in federal grant funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Community Development Block Grant Mitigation Program in late October to fund the construction of the detention basin. If the project is awarded grant funding, any additional costs will be covered by the district's $2.5 billion bond referendum approved by voters in 2018, its capital improvement projects fund or through other partnerships, according to HCFCD officials, reported the Community Impact Newspaper.
An excavation and removal project is currently underway on the property west of TC Jester Boulevard. The excavation and removal process requires: heavy equipment, including dump trucks, excavators and bulldozers, to remove trees, vegetation and soil from the area.
"Excavation and removal projects such as this one reduce taxpayer costs and result in a shorter construction process by allowing a contractor to remove a set amount of dirt before major construction commences," said a press release about the project.
The entire west side of the property will be closed to the public for the duration of the excavation and removal project, which could take up to three years.
"The property was purchased with tax dollars for flood risk reduction purposes," said the release. "At the appropriate time during preliminary engineering for the basin, there will be opportunities for sponsors who wish to build and maintain trails to share their proposed trail plans with the Flood Control District."