The Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District is 25% done with work on Imperial Estates. The Imperial Estates project consists of digging out 33 acres of land along Clear Creek for detention. The drainage district did find it is able to get more drainage out of the acreage than originally expected, Operations Manager Joseph Anderson said.
The project is funded by the Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District. Construction began in July 2019 and is expected to wrap up in mid-2021.
The city of Friendswood is also working on a flood reductions benefit study that will help the city and drainage district understand the benefits of using the additional capacity for flood prevention. The city has started modeling for the flood reductions benefit study and hopes to present the findings to council in May, said Samantha Haritos, Deputy Director of Engineering for the city of Friendswood.
The city has contributed funds to the Imperial Estates project. The use of bond money for the drainage project has also been discussed, although no formal decision has been made, city officials said.