Ditch A Widening – Phase II
Due to concrete manufacturing and supply issues, final completion of Ditch A Widening Phase II will be delayed until the end of July. The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 2 (FBCLID 2) contractor has completed all excavation in Ditch A to increase FBCLID 2 flood storage. However, there are on-going supply issues with the concrete block that is used to armor to storm sewer outfalls and provide erosion control in the drainage channel. The contractor has completed the vast majority of the project and turf restoration has started in most areas. The final deliveries of concrete block are scheduled to arrive the week of July 18 to complete two final areas in Ditch A. FBCLID 2 appreciates your patience as the District works to complete this critical flood control project. FBCLID2 can be contacted directly with any questions or concerns: www.fbclid2.com/contact.
André D. McDonald Pump Station
2602 Okland Drive, Sugar Land, TX
Mr. André D. McDonald served on the FBCLID 2 Board of Directors for more than 20 years. The District has decided to honor his memory and commitment to the community by dedicating this new facility as the André D. McDonald Pump Station. The McDonald Pump Station, one of the largest facilities of its kind in the State of Texas, houses seven large storm water pumps that are powered by 1,500-horsepower motors. When combined, all seven pumps can move more than 1,000,000 gallons of water per minute, which represents a 400% increase in pumping capacity for Ditch A. The new pumps have been in operation since Fall 2021. If a power outage occurs, the electric pumps can still be powered by 28 natural gas generators located onsite.
FBCLID 2 still needs to put the finishing touches on the McDonald Pump Station now that the main construction contract is complete. The final site improvements include enhanced fencing, landscaping, additional parking, and an operations office. After receiving no bids during the Spring, FBCLID2 has divided this remaining scope into smaller construction contracts to increase interest with each specific contractor trade. The District plans to host a Fall 2022 open house for the community when all construction is complete.
Third Pump Station – Construction Cameras
Third Pump Station – Time Lapse Video
Third Pump Station Impact
The graphic below demonstrates how the Third Pump Station will improve FBCLID 2 drainage. The chart shows water levels inside the FBCLID 2 levee during Hurricane Harvey and more recently during the May 7, 2019 flood. The chart also displays the impact on water levels inside the levee if the Third Pump Station was operational during each event.