Officials Dredge San Jacinto River

Good news for anyone with a home or business near the San Jacinto River!

In less than a year, contractors with the US Army Corp of Engineers plan to remove 1.8 million cubic yards of debris and other material from a section of the San Jacinto River, which could improve safety for thousands of Humble, Atascocita, and Kingwood residents.

According to the Corp of Engineers, debris from Hurricane Harvey still impedes water flow along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River, creating a situation that threatens life, safety, and critical infrastructure. More than 16,000 homes and 3,300 business near Lake Houston were damaged by Harvey-related flooding.

The project includes removing built-up material along the West Fork of the San Jacinto River from I-69 to the confluence of Lake Houston.

“This emergency project funded by FEMA involves the removal of 1.8 million cubic yards of material within 270 days,” said Curtis Cole, a contracting official with the USACE Galveston District’s Contracting Division.

According to the Corp of Engineers, the project will restore the West Fork of the San Jacinto River to its pre-Harvey flood conditions.

Corps survey teams from the New Orleans District began collecting data in April to determine shallow areas and silt accumulation within the West Fork of the San Jacinto River. A six-phase value engineering study was completed in May.

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