In August 2017, Hurricane Harvey struck the greater Houston area, bringing a historic amount of rainfall to Harris County. The storm produced never-before-seen precipitation in Harris County, as well as surrounding counties. The precipitation resulted in catastrophic flooding countywide including significant flooding upstream of the Barker and Addicks Reservoirs and downstream in the Buffalo Bayou. In response, the deep, large-diameter, stormwater conveyance tunnel concept has been proposed as an alternative to increase stormwater conveyance capacity through urban areas and mitigate future flood risks.
Early estimates indicate that it would cost about $1.5 billion to build 10 miles of 40- to 50-ft tunnel. The next phase would include preliminary engineering, which would take approximately 12-18 months.
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