By Nicole Jones
The City of Pearland will kick in $25,000 for a flood mitigation study of lower Clear Creek being undertaken by League City, the council decided Dec. 9.
Pearland property owner and League City Councilman Larry Millican addressed the council, explaining that League City has done much to alleviate future flooding and is also addressing looking flood control in both the Clear Creek and Dickinson watersheds.
“As everybody knows, the Clear Creek watershed not only affects League City but it affects all of us,” he said. “It originates way up in Fort Bend County and comes through Brazoria and goes down through Galveston County, and borders on Harris County. As a council we challenged our city manager to address those concerns to see if we can lead in that area as far as a regional solution to some of the flooding.”
The engineering study for the Clear Creek watershed would benefit both cities, he said.
“I would like to impress upon you how needed that is,” he said. “We can hopefully find a regional solution to that watershed problem.”
The 18-month study will be conducted during the second quarter of 2021.
The stated goal of the study is “to develop a comprehensive flood mitigation plan for the Lower Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou watersheds. The study will identify vulnerabilities in the watersheds, then develop and refine concepts to reduce flood risk,” according to city documents outlining the project.
Funding for Pearland’s share of the study will come from existing available capital drainage funds. The vote to enter the interlocal agreement with League City passed 7-0 at the council’s Dec. 9 meeting.
The study could lead to future projects.
“If the study identifies any projects that have enough benefits upstream of Dixie Farm Road to reduce structural flooding in Pearland beyond what will be removed from flooding by the USACE Clear Creek project, the City of Pearland should consider funding our proportionate share of the design, land acquisition and construction of the identified projects,” city documents state.