Drain 27/Prairie Rose Area Flood Risk Reduction Project
In the summer of 2013, the City hired Houston Engineering to assist in developing a project within the Prairie Rose and Mistwood Townhome neighborhoods to reduce the reliance on temporary measures during an emergency flood fight. The project being developed will also be compatible with the City-wide Comprehensive Plan for possible future accreditation of levee systems. These areas required the City to install emergency measures during the 2009 and 2011 spring flood fights to provide protection to the neighborhood area.
Houston Engineering has developed multiple options that were considered by the City. Multiple factors went in to the decision process of which projects should be evaluated further, such as geotechnical stability, private property impacts, flood protection levels, etc. From these developed options, three were identified to be carried forward.
These three options were presented to the neighborhood at a meeting on September 19, 2013. After this meeting, the City completed a neighborhood walk thru to further discuss these options with the property owners along with completing further evaluation of the options proposed. After this walk thru and from reviewing the comments, it was determined that modifications were needed to be completed to the options.
These modifications resulted in three options still being carried forward, which were presented to the neighborhood at a meeting on November 4, 2013. All three options propose varying property acquisitions with the exception of 26 properties. These 26 properties would need to be acquired no matter what option is selected. So on the November 12, 2013 City Commission meeting, staff will be requesting approval from the Commission to move forward with the acquisitions of these properties under the voluntary acquisition program.