HCFCD Completes Removal of Another 10,000 Cubic Yards From Bens Branch
Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) contractors have completed removal of virtually another 10,000 cubic yards of sediment that had accumulated in Bens Branch between Rocky Woods Drive and Kingwood Drive. While a little cleanup work and equipment removal remains, we can call this job “well done.”
Scope of Work Completed
HCFCD widened and deepened half mile stretch of the creek/ditch. Flood Control also re-sloped the banks, straightened the flow lines, replaced backslope interceptor drains, restored the original conveyance of the ditch, and replanted grass.
Tens of Millions in Nearby Damages during Harvey
During Harvey, dozens of homes flooded along both sides of this channelized stream. So did Kingwood High School and the old H-E-B shopping center north of Kingwood Drive. The shopping center is still mostly vacant because of flood damage. And the Humble ISD spent $70 million to restore Kingwood High School which flooded to the second floor.
Approximately 1000 Truckloads of Sediment Removed
Given that your average dump truck holds about 10 cubic yards, contractors removed about a 1000 truckloads of sediment during this phase of the Bens Branch project.
While the truck traffic got intense at times, contractors finished months ahead of schedule. They originally scheduled completion for early July.
Before/After Photo Essay
The first photo below was taken in January before the start of the project. I shot the rest on April 16.
No More Bens Branch Projects Scheduled At This Time
This was the fourth and final phase of Bens Branch restoration. Previous projects addressed Bens Branch from:
- Montgomery County Line to Woodland Hills
- Woodland Hills to Rocky Woods (de-snag only) through the natural portion of the stream.
- YMCA to Kingwood Drive
- Kingwood Drive to Rocky Woods
HCFCD says it has no plans at this time to address the portion from the Y to the West Fork near Kings Harbor.
Thanks to the women and men of HCFCD and their contractors who kept the Bens Branch project moving through the pandemic. And to the US Department of Agriculture’s National Resources Conservation Service which provided partial funding.
Thanks also to the Bear Branch Trail Association, Kingwood Service Association and Kings Forest CA. All helped provide access to the project area across their property.
Onward to other projects such as Woodridge Village Detention, Taylor Gully restoration, and Diversion Ditch expansion. More on those in future posts.
Posted by Bob Rehak on April 17, 2021
1328 Days since Hurricane Harvey