7 flood-fighting projects to know around Bellaire-Meyerland-West University

Several projects around the area will add stormwater capacity and improved drainage. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
Several projects around the area will add stormwater capacity and improved drainage. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Several projects around the area will add stormwater capacity and improved drainage. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Local city and county efforts are bringing much-needed flood infrastructure to the Bellaire-Meyerland-West University area and the Brays Bayou watershed.

Here are seven project updates to know.

COMPLETED PROJECTS

Willow Waterhole Bayou detention: Construction on a stormwater detention basin at Willow Waterhole Bayou upstream of South Post Oak Road was substantially completed in November, according to the Harris County Flood Control District. The basin can contain about 17.6 acre-feet, or almost 5.7 million gallons. Timeline: June-November

Cost: $1.3 million


Funding source: Harris County Flood Control District

South Braeswood Boulevard basins: Construction on a series of three basins at South Braeswood Boulevard and West Loop 610 was substantially complete as of early November. The project consists of 37 acre-feet of basins capable of holding more than 12 million gallons of stormwater, as well as new trees to replace those affected by construction.

Timeline: January-November

Cost: $1.6 million

Funding source: HCFCD

PROPOSED PROJECTS

Meyergrove detention basin: A project to turn the former Meyergrove Apartment property at North Braeswood and Loop 610 into a 21 million-gallon detention basin remains in the design phase, though construction is expected to begin early next year. The site will include three interconnected wet-bottom basins with new drainage pipes to transfer overflow. The HCFCD purchased the 7.7-acre site in October 2019 for $14.3 million and is seeking federal support for construction.

Timeline: early 2021-fall 2021

Cost: $2.2 million (estimated)

Funding sources: HCFCD, U.S. Economic Development Administration grant

Spellman detention basin: A new 208-acre-foot detention basin project in the Westbury neighborhood at the 6400 block of West Bellfort Avenue has been approved, and construction is slated to begin in the middle of 2021, according to Houston Public Works. On Sept. 2, Houston City Council approved $1.4 million to purchase the site.

Timeline: summer 2021-spring 2022

Cost: $9 million

Funding sources: Community Development Block Grant, city of Houston

Willow Waterhole expansion: The city of Houston, the HCFCD, the Willow Waterhole Conservancy and the Friends of Levitt Houston continue to work on plans for stormwater detention and recreation facilities at the former Shell Oil Co. site. Houston City Council approved the $3.4 million land purchase in October 2019.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: TBD

Funding source: TBD

Westbury apartment acquisition: Houston City Council on Nov. 18 approved purchasing the Spring Village Apartments community at 11810 Chimney Rock Road, which will be demolished to make way for 6 acres of new drainage facilities or green space. The Houston Housing and Community Development Department will facilitate the relocation of tenants. The apartments house 132 units, according to property listings.

Timeline: TBD

Cost: $11.5 million (design/construction TBD)

Funding source: CDBG

Southside Place drainage: The city of Southside Place is seeking additional federal grant funding from the General Land Office to move forward on a project to construct new underground stormwater drains below Auden Street between University and Bellaire boulevards. Harris County approved $1.5 million in grant funding this summer.

Timeline: 2021-TBD

Cost: $5.35 million

Funding source: CDBG
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.