MUD 140 has been actively engaged with the its engineer, Costello Inc., and other consultants in developing strategies to mitigate the impact of rising Brazos River water levels on River’s Edge homes and business during an emergency weather event. MUD 140 has currently identified and is pursing the following flood mitigation strategies, which are in various stages of completion, ranging from the design phase to final completion:
- Building three flood mitigation berms to minimize the impact of rising river levels on the Rivers Edge community.
- The berm, known as the Rio Vista Berm, has been completed and runs east to west from the east bank of the Brazos River, adjacent to the Rio Vista development, to the rear/western boundary of the Rio Vista development.
- The second berm, known as the DRS Berm, has been designed and property rights are in the process of being acquired to allow MUD 140 to proceed with construction. The berm is planned to run north to south from the northwestern boundary of MUD 140 and tying into the Rio Vista Berm.
- The third berm, known as the South Berm, is in the process of being designed and property rights are in the process of being acquired to allow MUD 140 to proceed with construction. The berm is planned to run east to west along a portion of the southern boundary of the MUD 140, and is being designed to prevent rising waters from backing up into the River’s Edge community from the oxbow south of Highway 90 or through MUD 140’s storm sewer system and retention ponds.
- Installing a flap gate at the Jones Creek intersection with FM359 to help prevent Jones Creek from entering FM359 storm drains and flowing down FM359 and entering River’s Edge. ( Design Phase )
- Installing a flap gate at the Rio Vista Outfall to Jones Creek to help prevent the creek from flowing south through Rio Vista and into Rivers Edge. ( Design Phase )
- Investigating opportunities to address erosion along the Brazos River, including pursing opportunities for federal funding, to protect not only MUD 140’s facilities but the River’s Edge community.