The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Hydraulic Engineers, conducted an aerial tour aboard an Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter of the West Fork of the San Jacinto River near Atascocita, Texas on April 25, 2018.
USACE Galveston’s hydraulic engineer, Michael Garske, was joined with experts from the Engineering Research and Develop Center (ERDC), Vicksburg, Miss., to better understand areas needing dredging to reduce flood risks.
They identified potential dredging sediment deposit sites and areas of excessive shoaling that contribute to area flooding.
Engineers estimate that potentially 1 to 3 million cubic yards, with 3 million cubic yards enough sand to completely fill two and a half Astrodomes, could be removed from the West Fork of the San Jacinto River to help reduce flooding risks.
Footage shot Mark Williford, USACE Galveston Public Affairs Chief