Drainage improvements are underway in the area, across multiple flood control and drainage districts. Here are four updates for October 2018.
- Phase 1 of the Mud Gully and South Belt stormwater detention basin on the northern edge of Friendswood is complete, and Phase 2 was 90 percent complete as of Sept. 25, officials said. The two phases have created 497 million gallons of runoff storage. There are plans for a third basin in the federal Clear Creek flood mitigation project, but a timeline has not been set.
Timeline: September 2014-October 2018
Cost: $20 million
Funding sources: Harris County Flood Control District, Galveston County
2. Phase 2 of a Clear Creek selective clearing project wrapped up in August, and a third phase is now underway at a cost of about $350,000 and will take three to four months. Crews are working to clear debris along 3,500 feet downstream to improve the flow of water. There are five total phases planned along the creek in Friendswood. After the clearing work, crews will then shelve the creek walls—leveling them to the high-water mark—to create in-line detention.
Timeline: December 2017-TBD
Funding sources: Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District, city of Friendswood
3. A slope paving project began in May along the walls of the creek near Village Green. Concrete slopes prevent erosion and keep the creek walls from destabilizing during high-water events.
Timeline: May 2018-January 2019
Funding source: Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District
4. The city of Friendswood approved an agreement Sept. 10 with the GCCDD to turn 20 acres of former buyout property inside 1776 Memorial Park into a new detention basin where Mary’s and Clear creeks converge. The project is in the early design phase but could be as much as 250-acre-foot basin, capable of diverting 81 million gallons of stormwater. As part of the agreement, the city will reinstall park improvements and maintain the park as usual after the basin is excavated.
Funding source: TBD