Bens Branch Clean-out North of Kingwood Drive Already 40% Complete
As of this morning, Stuart Consulting Group (a project manager for Harris County Flood Control) estimates that clean-out of Bens Branch between Kingwood Drive and Rocky Woods Drive is 40% complete.
1500 Feet Complete from Upstream Starting Point
According to Jose Pedraza who works for Stuart Consulting, the contractor began work at the upstream/Rocky Woods Drive end of the site and is moving downstream. So far, they have completed about 1500 linear feet of work on both sides of the stream.
At the start of the project, surveyors found that accumulated sediment had severely constricted the conveyance of the channel.
Work to Date Has Included…
So far, the contractor has:
- Conducted excavation and off-site disposal
- Installed import fill, 3×5 granular fill, and grade 1 riprap
- Graded channel side slopes on both sides of the channel for 1500 linear feet.
Expected Completion by July 4 or Earlier
Due to weather and other small delays, projected duration of the job increased from 150 to 168 days. Expected completion was extended to July 4, 2021. However, based on recent on-site inspection reports, work is now moving faster. So, with luck, the finish date may be pushed forward into June once more.
Preserving Property, Tax Dollars
Homes on both sides of this stream flooded during Harvey. So did Kingwood High School. The building flooded to the second floor. It suffered $67 million dollars in damages and lost another $10 million in contents.
Hopefully, this project will reduce flood risk. Conveyance of the channel had been reduced from a 100-year level of service to a 2-year level in some places. A 2-year level of service means that the creek will flood in a 2-year rain. The goal of this project is to restore the channel to its original conveyance capacity. That includes straightening, widening and deepening clogged parts of the channel.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/15/2021
1294 Days after Hurricane Harvey