Diversion Ditch Junction with Bens Branch North of Northpark Drive

Diversion Ditch Meeting Tonight; Northpark Phase II Tomorrow

Tonight, Harris County Flood Control (HCFCD) will discuss the results of a preliminary engineering review on the Kingwood Diversion Ditch at a virtual meeting from 6:30 to 7:30. The objective: to find the optimal alternative for:

  • Returning the Diversion Ditch to a hundred-year level of service
  • Pushing back the floodplain from homes and businesses
  • Reducing future maintenance costs
  • Controlling overall costs
  • Significant reduction in water surface elevation along Bens Branch and the Diversion Ditch.

For those of you who may not be familiar with ditch names, The Kingwood Diversion Ditch splits off Ben’s Branch just south of the new St. Martha’s Catholic Church, about a block north of the fireworks stand on Northpark (see below).

Where water gets diverted from Bens Branch (running diagonally through center of frame) in tree line. Diversion ditch center then goes under Northpark Drive, foreground, on its way to River Grove Park.

It then cuts south toward Kingwood Drive next to the HPD Fire Station, and then continues its way to the West Fork snaking its way through Trailwood Village and past Deer Ridge Park. It then joins the San Jacinto at River Grove Park.

White = Diversion Ditch. Red = Bens Branch. Green = Possible new outfall.

The Diversion Ditch got its name because it diverts water from Bens Branch (red above), which cuts diagonally through the heart of Kingwood. It therefore reduces flooding in all neighborhoods south and west of the red line.

That’s one reason why the Kingwood Area Drainage Analysis named it the most important drainage project in Kingwood. It affects more people than any other project in the entire area.

Features of Various Options

Features of the various options presented tonight will include:

  • Expanding conveyance of the Diversion Ditch
  • Adding a drop structure to reduce erosion
  • Creating a new outfall to the West Fork
  • New, wider bridges over the Diversion Ditch
  • Improved street drainage
  • Creating a natural stable channel design in certain areas with riffles and pools.

This is your opportunity to provide community input on the recommendations before final design begins.

How/When to Join Meeting

The Virtual Community Engagement Meeting will be held on:

March 6, 2024

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Join online at: www.publicinput.com/Kingwood2

Or by phone* at 855-925-2801 with Meeting Code: 6701

Organization of Meeting

The meeting will begin with a brief presentation to share project updates, followed by a moderated Q&A session with Flood Control District team members.

How to Submit Public Comments

Residents will be able to submit questions, comments and input before, during and after the meeting, which will be considered during project development. Any comments not addressed during the Q&A session will receive a response at the conclusion of the public comment period.

You may submit comments in any one of three ways from March 6, 2024 (tonight) to March 20, 2024.

Any questions not addressed during tonight’s Q&A will receive a response from the Flood Control District after the event. Meeting information and video will be available on:

This is in Addition to the Northpark Phase II Meeting

This is not the only flood-related meeting this week. So don’t get confused. There’s another one tomorrow night, March 7 from 5-7 in-person at the Kingwood Community Center to discuss Northpark Phase II. That one will be sponsored by TxDOT, LHRA, TIRZ-10, and CoH. Please join your neighbors for both meetings.

Posted by Bob Rehak on March 6, 2024

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