In March 2018, the City of Houston submitted a Notice of Intent to apply for a Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief - 4332 Grant (HMGP) for the addition of flood control infrastructure on the Lake Houston Dam Spillway. The HMGP is funded by FEMA and has a single mission to provide financial assistance to projects that seek to prevent or reduce future loss to lives and property, as well as minimize the costs of future disaster response and recovery. The Notice of Intent was approved April 2018 by the TDEM.
The City of Houston submitted the application for the flood gate infrastructure in July 2018 and has coordinated site visits with FEMA, USACE, Texas Department of Emergency Management and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) officials.
The City of Houston is in the final stages of optimizing the project application for final submission for funding. Once the project is approved the City of Houston will have three years to complete the project per FEMA guidelines, which consists of design and construction.
To learn more about the selection process once the application is finalized, you may visit this website.
The timeline for completion of the flood gates on the Lake Houston Spillway Dam is between three and five years once the project is approved.
no mam it is not this is a different type of rain event than a hurricane. All gate at Lake Houston continue to release nearly 3x the amount that is coming in and will stay open until all inclement weather has passed and the Lake level returns to normal.