HCFCD Post-Harvey Stormwater Channel Blockages

Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) continues to remove debris clogging Harris County’s 22 watersheds more than six months after Hurricane Harvey.

During the storm, more than a trillion gallons of stormwater washed through Harris County’s bayou system, leaving it clogged with storm debris and reducing drainage. HCFCD has found objects as large as refrigerators and automobiles in local waterways.

So far, HCFCD has removed about 101,000 cubic yards of downed trees, tires, and other storm debris with estimates of as much as 34,000 cubic yards of debris to go.

Before hurricane season begins June 1, the Harris County Flood Control District is pushing to have an estimated 15,000 to 20,000 tons of additional Buffalo Bayou debris removed. Some stockpiled debris could remain in some locations overnight or for several days.

Trails along Buffalo Bayou will remain open as public safety allows. Trail users are asked to observe all warning signs and fencing in debris removal work areas. Motorists are urged to be cautious of equipment entering and exiting debris removal areas.

Crews are focused on debris that is blocking stormwater conveyance. Buffalo Bayou and other channels are not being dredged.

The Flood Control District is working with Federal Emergency Management Agency to secure funding for its disaster-related storm debris removal efforts. Once priority channel blockage removal is complete, HCFCD will address channel debris as part of its regular maintenance program.

Residents are encouraged to report bayou and creek blockages to the Flood Control District’s Citizen Service Center at www.hcfcd.org/contact-us/citizen-service-center, or by calling (713) 684-4197. For status updates on the county-wide debris removal effort, please check the Flood Control District website: https://www.hcfcd.org/hurricane-harvey/keeping-our-flood-control-channels-clear/.