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Sims Bayou Project Shows Success Through Nature's Wrath


July 7, 2006
Despite more than 10 inches of rain that fell in southeast Harris County on June 19, Sims Bayou did not top its banks. The Flood Control District attributes this success to the Sims Bayou Federal Flood Damage Reduction Project, which is enlarging the bayou three times its size. The federal project is complemented by a local project that constructed three stormwater detention basins that store excess stormwater that might otherwise flood homes and businesses. The District estimates that as many as 1,000 homes near Sims Bayou did not flood on June 19 because of these projects.

Working Together: Federal–Local Partnership
The Sims Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project is a partnership between the Harris County Flood Control District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The project includes 19 miles of channel widening and deepening, beginning at the Houston Ship Channel and ending near Croquet Street, just west of South Post Oak Road. Its goal is to bring the 1% (100-year) floodplain into the bayou’s banks, thus removing the floodplain from an estimated 35,000 homes and 2,000 commercial structures.

Estimated project cost: $345 million, with the federal government paying $220 million and the district paying $125 million.

The project began in 1990 and is anticipated to be completed in 2009.

The Hills ate Sims Greenway is a 100-acre stormwater detention basin. It will hold almost 325 million gallons of stormwater.

Stormwater Detention Basins Bring Increased Protection
Supplementing the federal project, a local project has excavated three stormwater detention basins adjacent to Sims Bayou that collectively hold about 1.5 Reliant Astrodomes of stormwater.

> Learn more about the Sims Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project

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