Sugar Land, Texas – Sugar Land City Council recently approved agreements with Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 and the Greatwood Community Association for access to drainage infrastructure.
The agreements are part of ongoing citywide efforts to ensure optimal performance of storm water drainage infrastructure, including all inlets, catch basins, storm manholes, pipes and outfalls. This maintenance includes routine inspection, cleaning and replacement.
Routine maintenance and targeted drainage projects are important to protect Sugar Land during extreme weather events. Completed projects in areas north of U.S. Highway 90A and the Sugar Creek Subdivision protected homes and businesses during Hurricane Harvey, the most extreme rain event in U.S. history.
An analysis of Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Sugar Land, along with other past major rain events, is available at www.sugarlandtx.gov/HarveyAnalysis. Approximately 230 homes flooded during Hurricane Harvey, with up to 6 inches of water entering homes in the areas of Settlers Park and Chimney Stone.
Since the hurricane, Sugar Land City Council approved a joint study with Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District #2 which has been completed and has also approved the following drainage studies that are currently in progress:
City staff continues to work closely with residents in the affected areas to ensure the drainage studies include extensive public outreach and engagement.
A Brazos River erosion study is also in progress. The objective of this study is to survey critical areas of the Brazos River in the City of Sugar Land, make predictions on bank erosion, perform analysis of risk and consequences and make recommendations on regulatory actions. The project is to be completed by April 2018 and is being coordinated with Fort Bend County.
City engineers continue to evaluate drainage design standards and code requirements intended to protect residents from extreme rain storms. City staff is also working closely with levee improvement districts, entities that provide important protection from the Brazos River. The LIDs are evaluating current infrastructure and taking actions to enhance flood protections.