Harvey Recovery Efforts

Wet Debris Removal from Dickinson Bayou

The City is working to remove wet debris along Dickinson Bayou from Cemetery Road to the railroad bridge below Hwy 3

Current Status

Bids were advertised early October. Bids will be opened November 1, 2018 and expected to be awarded by Council Tuesday, November 13, 2018.


On June 12, 2018, Council approved the submission of an application to move forward in applying for funding. The total estimated project cost is $1,976,992.25 with a 90/10 match from the City which is estimated to be $183,650.00.

Council approved execution of an agreement with the NRCS on August 14, 2018 and staff received concurrence to proceed with bidding October 12, 2018.

Desilting of Ditches and Culverts

City has received approval from FEMA to desilt certain ditches and culverts impeded as a result of Hurricane Harvey. The City intends to extend this maintenance to other ditches and culverts as necessary. 

Current Status

The contract for desilting was advertised for bids October 11, 2018. Bids will be opened November 1, 2018 and expected to be awarded by Council Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

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Pending Drainage Improvements

Huitt-Zollars, Inc. is providing engineering services in support of improving the City’s drainage system. Their goal is to identify projects that can be locally funded and implemented immediately. Additionally, they will be recommending improvements that may be eligible for outside funding.

Current Tasks

  • Collecting existing data concerning drainage reports, models, impacted homes during Harvey, historic flooding issues, etc.
  • Developing necessary models, analyze the existing level of service for each sub watershed and tributary and compare to current City drainage criteria. 
  • Developing improvements along with probable construction costs required to bring deficient sub watersheds to desired levels of service. Improvements may include desilting and regrading of roadside ditches, culvert additions and upgrades, storm sewer pipe, inlets, improvements to collector channel and easement requirements.
  • Analyzing tributaries for potential improvements along with probable construction costs such as desilting, widening, regional detention and mixed use recreational opportunities
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Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR)

The City received official notice that Dickinson has been awarded CDBG-DR funds for Hurricane Harvey on October 10, 2018. The City is eligible for $9,219,828 in local buyouts/acquisitions and $8,982,434 for local Infrastructure projects. 

Current Status

In order to secure these funds, the City must submit applications by January 31, 2019. Staff is currently working with its Engineer's to  develop projects for Council Consideration.