Harris County W.C.I.D. #50

Hurricane Harvey Information

Hurricane Season Drainage Update (May 30, 2018)

WCID 50 is pleased to report that the Seagate Condominium extension of the TXDOT culvert across NASA Road 1 from the La Quinta Inn that had been blocked by a bulkhead during Hurricane Harvey has been completely cleared of all bulkhead related concrete and stabilizing material that was inside it and the full 4' x 6' (1.22 m x 1.83 m) cross sectional area of the culvert is again fully opened to flow.  In addition, the 2' (0.61 m) mound of dirt that was left in front of the mouth of the culvert from the work to clear its interior has also been removed and the system is now at optimum efficiency.  The culvert is one of two main storm drain lines for the area and its obstruction by the bulkhead is considered the primary cause for the flooding in the community during Harvey.  The District will continue to implement additional measures, such as having the culvert extended past the bulkhead line from its current recessed position, to ensure it will never happen again but that work may likely have to wait until after the current hurricane season.

Click here to view the video of the District's inspection of the culvert verifying it has been cleared.

Click here to view the area storm drain inspection report of the video inspections of 18,835 feet (5,741 meters) of District Storm drain lines upstream of the above culvert. Please note the repairs and clearing recommended in the report will be commencing soon.

Hurricane Harvey Meteorological and Hydrological Data

Houston's Poor Planning And Breakneck Growth Played Big Roles In Flooding : NPR

Scientists In Houston Tell A Story Of Concrete, Rain And Destruction
How Houston's Layout May Have Made its Flooding Worse
Houston's Flood Is a Design Problem (The Atlantic)

Seagate Bulkhead Removal Information:

Demand Letter To Seagate HOA
District-TXDOT Correspondence
Detailed Timeline of the District's Actions
Letter To TXDOT
Signed Temporary Restraining Order