City of Richwood
For Immediate Release
City Manager’s Office
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 4:30 PM
Official Update: Flood Mitigation Update
This past October, City Council appointed a Flood & Drainage Advisory Committee to help create and implement a plan to address both the short-term and the long-term flooding and drainage issues that the City has experienced these past two years. The committee is comprised of seven residents from the areas that experienced the flooding and they all have a wide range of professional backgrounds.
Since its inception the group has been working hard to gather as much information as possible. As a result of their efforts, they have created an action plan and a part of that plan is highlighted below. The complete plan can be found here.
Emergency & Short-Term Efforts
Per the recommendations of the committee, the City of Richwood is currently in the process of procuring an engineering firm to produce a study that would address both the emergency and short-term priorities that the committee has outlined. The City hopes to have the procurement process completed soon so that an engineering firm can begin work in January, after which it should take about three to four months to complete the study and to produce a list of projects that could potentially mitigate flooding from an immediate and from a short-term perspective.
In accordance with the committee’s recommendations, the City of Richwood has also been examining more long-term efforts to help mitigate future Bastrop Bayou flooding. Over the past few months the City has been working with the Angleton Drainage District, Brazoria County, the City of Lake Jackson, and the Velasco Drainage District to coordinate an in-depth study of the Bastrop Bayou, its watershed, and any potential projects that could help redirect or detain future flood waters. Everyone working on this project is eager to get the study started as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call City Hall at 979-265-2082.
Michael Coon, City Manager