City of Friendswood, Texas

Friendswood joins partnership aimed at reducing flooding

Friendswood City Council approved an agreement with the City of League City to help fund completion of a flood mitigation plan for lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou at their September meeting. Friendswood’s share of the cost is $40, 200. The total plan cost is $1.5 million.

“This agreement with League City, which demonstrates a regional approach to flood mitigation, is the next required step for Friendswood’s efforts to improve drainage in our city,” said Morad Kabiri, City Manager. “Not doing this agreement might have delayed or prevented future flood mitigation efforts, especially those involving the US Army Corps of Engineers and related Federal partnerships.”

One of the flood mitigation plans’ goals is to identify which potential projects can provide the largest benefit. It is similar to, but does not duplicate the Friendswood Flood Vulnerability and Mitigation Study completed by Rice University in April of this year, Kabiri said.

Friendswood joins Dickinson, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Harris County Flood Control District, and Galveston County as partners in the project. Brazoria County and Pearland have expressed interest in contributing toward the study, which begins in November.

“For decades, we have known that reducing Friendswood’s flood risk is going to involve solutions both inside and outside Friendswood City Limits, said Mayor Mike Foreman. “Council’s unanimous approval of this agreement, especially with its’ regional support and potential positive impact, is another step in the right direction.”

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