City of Jersey Village Long‑term Flood Recovery Plan Website

Developing a flood damage reduction plan that balances social acceptability with economic, hydraulic, and environmental feasibility

PUBLIC MEETING

Please join us for a public meeting.

The City of Jersey Village will host a town hall public meeting on June 27, 2017, to encourage public participation and feedback in the City of Jersey Village Long-term Flood Recovery Plan.

The study team is now concluding Phase 3 of the Long-term Flood Recovery Plan, and you and members of your community are invited to review the findings of this study effort. The planning process has been delivered in three phases, and the community has been invited to attend a public meeting during each study phase:

  • Phase 1: Data Collection and Preliminary Assessment (September – October 2016)
  • Phase 2: Technical Analysis and Development of Alternatives (October 2016 – March 2017)
  • Phase 3: Preferred Alternative Selection and Finalization (March – June 2017)

Phase 1 included a public scoping meeting on October 18, 2016, data collection from public agencies, a topographic survey of homes, and a questionnaire mailed to 2,437 properties in Jersey Village requesting input on flooding observed by local residents. Phase 2 included a Rapid Assessment inventory of structures in the floodplain, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and structural and non‑structural alternatives development and analysis, as well as economic, environmental, and social assessments. A Phase 2 public meeting was held on March 23, 2017, to update the public on study progress and receive input regarding the work accomplished during Phase 2. During Phase 3, the Long-term Flood Recovery Plan study team used findings and public input from Phase 2 to identify a hydraulically, economically, environmentally, and socially feasible Long-term Flood Recovery Plan for the City of Jersey Village. The public is invited to attend the June 27, 2017, public meeting to review the recommended alternatives, financing plan, and environmental findings that comprise this plan.

The Phase 3 public meeting will be held on the following date at the following location:

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Jersey Village Civic Center
16327 Lakeview Dr.
Jersey Village, TX 77040

The public meeting will begin with a formal presentation by Dannenbaum Engineering Corporation about the Long-term Flood Recovery Plan at 7 p.m. Following the formal presentation, a brief question and answer session will occur. Verbal and written comments will be taken during the meeting until 9 p.m. A time limit will be imposed on verbal questions and comments, as necessary. Informational displays will be available for public viewing, and study team representatives will be available at the meeting to provide information and answer questions.

Comments will be accepted at the public meetings and through the conclusion of the study. Please note, all comments should be submitted or postmarked by July 12, 2017, to be considered in Phase 3 of the study. Please provide your name and address on your comment form, letter, or email. Those who are unable to attend the public meeting may submit written comments via mail or email. Submit comments to:

Long-term Flood Recovery Plan
402 Teetshorn Street
Houston, Texas 77009
or
JVFloodRecovery@crouchenvironmental.com.

The public meeting will be conducted in English. If hearing impaired or language translation services are needed, please contact the Long-term Flood Recovery Plan study team at 713-868-1043 or at JVFloodRecovery@crouchenvironmental.com by Tuesday, June 20, 2017. The study team will make every reasonable effort to accommodate these needs.

About the Long-term Flood Recovery Planning Study

The City of Jersey Village has been repetitively impacted by chronic flooding along White Oak Bayou and its local tributaries. The City is located in the upper portion of the White Oak Bayou watershed, and the bayou flows from the headwaters near U.S. Highway 290 west of Huffmeister Road southeast to its confluence with Buffalo Bayou in downtown Houston. The White Oak Bayou watershed is comprised of more than 111 square miles, with 146 miles of open stream.

It is important to consider that Harris County itself has more than 2,500 miles of bayous and tributaries flowing throughout its relatively low-lying and flat surface elevations. This means that – regardless of your location within the County – your property may be susceptible to flooding during severe storm events.

The Harris County Flood Control District was created in 1937 “for domestic, municipal, flood control, irrigation, and other useful purposes.” However, the primary function of the Flood Control District was to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the completion of local flood damage reduction projects. Around 1980, the need for additional flood reduction tools was realized. As a result, mitigation for stormwater drainage impacts has been required for all development occurring in Harris County – including the entire White Oak Bayou Watershed – since the 1980s.

Major flooding occurred along White Oak Bayou in the City of Jersey Village in 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2016. The most recent flooding occurred after implementation of extensive flood damage reduction efforts by the City and the Flood Control District to improve stormwater drainage infrastructure in and around Jersey Village.

In the last 20 years, the Flood Control District has implemented more than $95 million worth of improvements to address channel flooding in the White Oak Bayou watershed, including completion of the Jersey Village diversion channel in 2010, as well as completion of multiple stormwater detention basins upstream of Jersey Village. In the last decade, the City completed over $25 million of street and drainage reconstruction efforts, with the primary goal of reducing localized neighborhood flooding.

Despite these significant efforts on behalf of the City and the Flood Control District, more than
230 structures within Jersey Village experienced flooding during the most recent “Tax Day” flooding event on April 18, 2016. The City responded to this severe flooding event by initiating the Long-term Flood Recovery Planning Study.