Samantha Haritos, the City of Friendswood Deputy Director of Engineering is very much focused on drainage. During their September meeting, she provided City Council with an update on the various projects underway and on the drawing board.
Over the past few months, residents have often seen dump trucks travelling up and down Friendswood Drive. In her presentation, Haritos said the Imperial Estates Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District project, which is partially funded by the City, has removed 84 thousand truckloads of dirt from the area adjacent to Clear Creek, and that’s only 55 percent of the total planned.
Friendswood has been joined by neighboring cities, drainage and flood control districts, Galveston County, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to create an intensive drainage study of lower Clear Creek. “Friendswood is toward the ‘top’ of (lower) Clear Creek. If we can help divert some of the flow or relieve some flooding, it will help the lower Clear Creek residents,” said Haritos. The study is scheduled for completion in February. Details are at: https://www.leaguecity.com/3645/Lower-Clear-Creek-Dickinson-Bayou-Waters
The City is seeking grant funding to pay for significant portions of a number of drainage projects:
-The Forest Bend Off-line Detention project, near FM 528 at Townes Road, has a price tag of $3.45 million dollars, all of which are largely grant dollars. The City’s initial local share is $25,000. Once the project is bid for construction, the City’s share may increase.
-Frenchman’s Creek, at the end of Moss Point Drive, is a project for which the City will apply for grant funds to develop a park, and later, most likely, a flood control structure.
-The end of Deepwood Drive is a potential grant project area for flood control of Clear Creek.
-The Clear Creek Utility Relocation project is near the Polly Ranch area. It includes moving water and sewer lines from above, to under the creek, to reduce potential risk from flooding of Clear Creek.
City of Friendswood Director of Engineering Jildardo Arias says these projects will provide incremental gains as part of an overall goal to reduce flood risk in the Clear Creek watershed. “Over time, inches gained through flood control measures will become feet gained,” said Arias. “Protecting every resident of Friendswood from flooding is very much on our Council’s mind and is of utmost importance to them.”
In addition to those flood control measures; the City is currently accepting email comments from residents about a potential project funded as a response to Hurricane Harvey. The Clear Creek In-line and Off-line Detention-Bay Area Boulevard Phase 1 involves creeks and gullies that drain into Clear Creek on the south side of FM 528 near Townes Rd. It involves creating large detention areas and in-line terracing to reduce flood risk. This project would be a marriage of in-line and off-line flood control.
In one recent study, it was shown that Friendswood would benefit greatest from in-line terracing along Clear Creek. However, any potential adverse impacts from terracing activities must be properly mitigated through the use of off-line detention. The project meets the urgent mitigation need criteria and will benefit the Blackhawk Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant service area and residents and habitats within the lower Clear Creek and Clear Lake ecosystem.
For the latest information on the Clear Creek In-line and Off-line Detention-Bay Area Boulevard Phase 1 project application visit https://www.ci.friendswood.tx.us/DocumentCenter/View/1655/CDBG-MIT-Grant-Information-PDF Residents with comments about the project should email them to Engineering@friendswood.com
To see the complete September Drainage Update presentation to City Council, click on https://youtu.be/_U0hcypu99A