Airboat on Buffalo Bayou Near Memorial Thicket
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo Bayou Resiliency Study This Is Important!
Last night Memorial Super Neighborhood hosted a virtual meeting to discuss the interim report from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ("USACE") on "ways to reduce the risks to people and property from flooding in the Buffalo Bayou and Addicks and Barker watersheds." This report has cost $6 million and is six months behind schedule.
As a result of the USACE opening the Addicks' and Barker's gates during Hurricane Harvey, every home in Memorial Thicket flooded and we couldn't get back into our homes for two weeks due to those continued releases.
There are five alternatives in the interim study (plus a do nothing alternative). The USACE does not want to proceed with any deepening of the reservoirs, which to me seems like low-hanging fruit. Instead one of the alternatives they still want to consider is widening Buffalo Bayou to 230' (plus a maintenance berm) from the outfalls on Buffalo Bayou to Buffalo Bayou Park, which is just west of downtown.
Steve Robinson made a great presentation, which can be found at Buffalo Bayou interim report presentation.pdf.There are two more virtual informational meetings being held by the USACE:
Thursday, October 22, 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Monday, October 26, 1:00 - 3:00 PM
The full report and instructions for connecting to the USACE virtual information sessions can be found at the links below:
Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Interim Report 10.01.20_Final.pdf
Houston Stronger Handout.pdf
BBTRS Virtual Information Sessions.pdf
The public comment period on the interim report is open through November 2. Comments may be made by sending an email to BBTRS@usace.army.mil or postal mail to USACE Galveston District, ATTN: BBTRS, P.O. Box 1229, Galveston, TX, 77553.
As part of this process, the USACE recently sent out a post card (as shown below) to property owners whose "property may be affected by the outcome of the study." Memorial Super Neighborhood and Memorial Thicket are trying to get a handle on who this has been sent to. The one below was sent to us on Elk Run, but we don't know the extent of the distribution.
In order to better understand the USACE's thinking about which properties it believes may be impacted, we are asking that you complete the survey below by just clicking on the applicable answer. Yes, I received the Postcard No, I did not receive the Postcard I Don't Know
Greg Sergesketter Director 815 Elk Run Circle 713.234.0604 October 16, 2020