Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 15 (LID 15) recently completed construction on the new Hagerson Road Pump Station to facilitate drainage in the Snake Slough watershed. The new pump station is located on Hagerson Road, about a half mile west of LJ Parkway. This $4.6 million flood control facility includes four pumps that can remove up to 50,000 gallon of water per minute (GPM). The pump station is equipped with a natural gas-powered generator if the pumps need to operate during a power outage.
With the completion of the Hagerson Road Pump Station, LID 15 now operates three pump stations. The Alcorn Bayou Pump Station is located in the western portion of the District and has a total pump capacity of 150,000 GPM. In partnership with Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 19 (LID 19), the Steep Bank Creek Pump Station serves the eastern portion of LID 15. The current pump capacity of the Steep Bank Creek Pump Station is 80,000 GPM, and 12 mobile pumps produce an additional 80,000 GPM. In early 2021, LID 15 and LID 19 will start the Steep Bank Creek Pump Station Expansion Project to increase the pump capacity from 80,000 GPM to 230,000 GPM. Look for future updates about Steep Bank Creek Pump Station Expansion on the LID 15 website and Facebook.
The pump stations in LID 15 are exercised monthly and are operated when the Brazos River reaches flood stages that automatically close the flood gates in the levee. If it rains in LID 15 while the flood gates are closed, the pump stations are activated to remove runoff from inside the levee.