Forest Cove – Memorial Weekend Flood Worst Since 1994.

After officially cresting at 61.9ft according to NOAA, the San Jacinto has begun to slowly recede. Although 5ft lower than the record 67ft in 1994, this Memorial weekend flood has been devastating to many Forest Cove residents. Overnight Saturday water started creeping into resident’s homes on Forest Cove Dr. and Cypress Ln. By Sunday May 29, water had flooded homes from Burning Tree to Palmetto Ln. Hamblen Road was completely shut off starting at Loop 494 all the way to Redbud.

hmmt2_hgPerhaps the San Jacinto river basin could be in need of better supervision and preventative management as dams upstream at Lake Conroe and downstream at Lake Houston are causing these flooding events. Add to that a total lack of dredging and years of cumulative debris clogging bridge ways and embankments that impede water flow and any large rain event becomes a disaster.

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Loop 494 & Hamblen

Access to Forest Cove is restricted to Chestnut Ridge and Trailwood. Loop 494 is blocked as is the feeder road at Sorters McClellan and Eastex 59.

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Water on feeder at Eastex and Sorters McClellan.

Many homes have been affected.

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Burning Tree.

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Cypress Ln. & Palmetto.

photos ©Beau Tardy 2016

One thought on “Forest Cove – Memorial Weekend Flood Worst Since 1994.

  1. Many qualified scientists and engineers have explained the causes of the San Jacinto River flooding in the past, including Forest Cove resident Steve Johnson’s comprehensive report on the ’94 flood (which was previously on this web site, but has been deleted). So we should stop spreading rumors and old wives tales about the causes and how to prevent this serious problem.

    The flooding is caused by heavy rainfall in the 2,830 square mile San Jacinto River watershed. It is not caused by opening the Lake Conroe dam, and cannot be prevented by dredging the river. The Lake Conroe and Lake Houston Dams are water supply dams and their operation is regulated by law, and does not involve flood control. Real estate development in the watershed may have resulted in flooding that is incrementally worse now than prior to the 1950’s, but these issues have been addressed by building codes that require detention ponds to limit runoff. Additional upstream detention may help, but the very high cost is preventative.

    The only reasonable solution to this problem is not to build in the flood plain. FEMA bought out many at-risk homes after the ’94 flood, but some people preferred to stay and accept the risk (although some were forced to leave). Those who choose to live there should have the right to build their homes at high enough elevation to prevent flooding, and/or manage the floods when they occur.

    Sometimes it seems that people always want to find someone to blame for these natural disasters. In this case, it’s the hard rain.

    -Kurt Hilarides

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