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Brickhouse Gully Stormwater Detention Basin Construction to Begin Soon


December 6, 2006
The Harris County Flood Control District is moving forward with plans to construct a $2.5 million stormwater detention basin along Brickhouse Gully, which is in the White Oak Bayou watershed. The basin will storm excess stormwater during times of heavy rain and will reduce the risk of flooding for area residents and businesses. Harris County Commissioners Court gave the District authorization to proceed with design and construction of the basin, which will be located on 16 acres on the west side of Highway 290 between West 43rd and West 34th streets.

Added Protection for Area Residents and Businesses
The stormwater detention basin will be designed to reduce flooding primarily in the flood-prone Mangum Manor subdivision during a 25-year storm, 10-year storm and storms of greater frequency. It is estimated that, when complete, the basin will reduce water surface elevations in Brickhouse Gully by 6 inches during a 25-year storm and by 2 inches during a 10-year storm. Stormwater stored in the basin is water that might otherwise flood homes and businesses.

Approximately 175,000 cubic yards of soil will be excavated for stormwater detention. The basin also will contain water quality features, such as wetland plants that absorb pollutants and sediment from stormwater before it returns to the channel.

Construction is expected to begin in 2008.

Other Flood Damage Reduction Projects in the Area
The District recently completed replacing failed concrete panels along the banks of Brickhouse Gully from White Oak Bayou to 250-feet upstream of Watonga Boulevard. The District expects to bid a continuation of that project to Costa Rica Road in early 2007, with construction beginning in the spring.

> Brickhouse Gully is in the White Oak Bayou watershed

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