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

City of Jersey Village Long-term Flood Recovery Plan
Phase 3 Public Meeting

The City of Jersey Village hosted a town hall public meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 2017, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Jersey Village Civic Center, 16327 Lakeview Dr., Jersey Village, TX 77040 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 residents of Jersey Village were invited to review the findings of the study effort at the Phase 3 public meeting.

Watch the Phase 3 Public Meeting Video

Phase 3 Public Meeting Materials

Phase 3 Public Meeting PowerPoint Presentation: Click here to download material

Phase 3 Public Meeting Newsletter: Click here to download material

Phase 3 Public Meeting Comment Card: Click here to download material

Please note, the project team is currently planning to publish the City of Jersey Village Long-term Flood Recovery Plan Report on this website during the first week of August 2017.

Comments will be accepted throughout the duration of the study. 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 were unable to attend the public meeting may submit written comments via mail or email. You may submit comments by following this link or mailing comments to:

Long‑term Flood Recovery Plan
402 Teetshorn Street
Houston, Texas 77009

 

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.