February 10, 2021
In response to flooding in the New Territory Community during Hurricane Harvey and increased flood protection requirements, the Board of Directors of Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 7 (FBCLID7) has determined that the District needs to provide for additional stormwater pumpage, detention and drainage capacity to protect the community from future flood events.
The District’s engineer completed a master drainage study which concluded that the following improvements were required to adequately protect the community to recently enacted Atlas 14 flood protection standards:
- Construction of an additional 115 acre-feet of storage within the District; and
- Construction of an additional 280,000 gallon-per-minute (GPM) pump station.
This study, titled “Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 7 Master Drainage Plan Update” dated August 17, 2020, was reviewed and approved by the Fort Bend County Drainage District and the City of Sugar Land. This Master Drainage Plan (MDP) can be found on the FBCLID7 website “Documents” page.
To meet the updated flood protection requirements, the FBCLID7 Board approved the construction of a new 280,000 GPM pump station to be constructed adjacent to the existing outfall gates within New Territory; this required the acquisition of three residential homes for the pump station site.
Additionally, the Board approved the construction of a new 115 acre-feet stormwater detention facility. The boundaries of the new detention facility are shown in the drawing below.
This project requires the acquisition of tracts identified as 14, 21, 22, 23, 24, and the “back” portion of tract 15 as shown on the following map. Acquisition by FBCLID7 of tract 14 was completed in December 2020.
These decisions represent what the Board believes to be the most cost-efficient and fiscally responsible projects available to comply with the new drainage criteria and protect the residents and businesses within the District from future flood events.
For more information regarding this or other FBCLID7 related engineering initiatives, please feel free to contact the District via the “Contact Us” page on the FBCLID7 website.