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Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Announces $36.7 Million for Repairs to Addicks Reservoir Channels

FEMA Funds Will Be Used to Repair Addicks Reservoir Channels from Hurricane Harvey Damages

Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) will receive $36,717,825.60 to help repair Addicks Reservoir channels from damages caused by Hurricane Harvey and to restore channels to pre-Harvey levels of conveyance.  The funding will be provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). 

“Our community has worked together to recover from Hurricane Harvey’s devastating impacts, and there is still much work to do.  As a part of these recovery efforts, I am glad to share that nearly $37 million in federal funding will come directly to our community to help repair Addicks Reservoir channels – a vital part of our region’s plan to reduce flood risk,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher.  “These funds will ensure we can continue our restoration efforts and help make our community more resilient.”

“This award allows us to continue the huge task of removing sediment from Flood Control District channels deposited as a direct result of Hurricane Harvey. During the storm, it’s estimated, nearly 800,000 cubic yards of sediment accumulated in the Addicks watershed channels. That’s enough to fill 80,000 dump trucks!” said Alan Black, Harris County Flood Control District Interim Executive Director.  “This award, which will take several years to complete, will allow us to make repairs to the drainage system and to restore the facility back to pre-disaster design, capacity, and function. We are extremely thankful to FEMA and to Congresswoman Fletcher for her continued efforts and support of Harvey recovery and flood resiliency projects.” 

Addicks Reservoir was built in the 1940s as part of a federal project to reduce flooding risks along Buffalo Bayou.  It is comprised of three channels several drainage channels that are owned, operated, and maintained by HCFCD.  

During Hurricane Harvey, an estimated volume of 796,844 cubic yards of sand and sediment was deposited along the banks and the three channels throughout the Addicks Reservoir.  HCFCD will use the federal funding to restore the reservoir to pre-Harvey design, capacity, and function.  The federal government is providing a 90% share of the total project cost, with a 10% local match.  The total project cost is estimated to be $40,797,584. 

Last month, Congresswoman Fletcher also announced $10 million in FEMA funding for repairs to the Barker Reservoir.