Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District 11
June 16, 2015
With the expected severe weather in our area, the Greatwood Districts and Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 (“LID 11”) would like to update you regarding the current status, as well as steps being taken to protect our community. Our Emergency Preparedness Committee has met, our emergency signs are ready to be posted if needed, our emergency radio system is ready to be activated if needed, and LID 11’s new emergency operations building by the golf maintenance barn is ready to be used by our operators during emergencies.
The Brazos River water levels actually are lower than they were during the recent high water event over Memorial Day weekend. Therefore, the River will be able to hold significantly more water than before. It is important to note that during the last high water event, the levee still had six to ten feet of freeboard available. (Freeboard is basically the number of feet above the river level of protection that our levee has.) Also, our flap gates in the drainage ditch are currently operating as a gravity flow system and FBL 11 is not having to use our pumps because it is not necessary. FBL 11’s operator is currently, and will continue to, monitor the situation and act as appropriate. Current water levels and additional information regarding the Brazos River can be obtained at http://www.fbcoem.org.
The Greatwood Districts operator is currently and will continue to monitor the water and wastewater treatment plants to ensure they are functioning properly. Also, should there be a power outage, the Greatwood Districts have emergency generators to operate our water and sewer systems. These generators were recently topped off with fuel, are regularly tested and maintenanced, and are ready for action if needed. Please continue to check this website and the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management’s website at http://www.fbcoem.org for additional information as it becomes available.
June 4, 2015
The Board of Directors of Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 11 would like to extend their gratitude to the District’s operator, Levee Management Services, and engineer, LJA Engineering, for their superb service to the District during the recent high water event. The District’s consultants constantly monitored the levee, river levels, projections and rainfall events to ensure our residents were protected and helped us draft notices to post on our website to keep the public informed. In addition, they regularly coordinated with and updated Fort Bend County and the City of Sugar Land Emergency Operations Centers regarding the District’s situation.
As a part of normal operations, the District and its consultants regularly monitor the levee and District drainage facilities and prepare for events such as the high water event recently experienced in Greatwood. This event demonstrated the consultants’ vigilance and dedication to the District as well as the successful execution of emergency preparedness plans already in place. Due to the regular maintenance of the District’s levee and drainage facilities, preparation prior to and vigilance of the District’s consultants during the high water event, Greatwood remained protected and informed.
May 30, 2015
Please see below for frequently asked questions we have been receiving regarding the levee and Brazos River along with the response from a levee district engineer:
(1) Does the Brazos in someway connect/feed into the Greatwood lakes?
The Brazos River does not feed our internal lakes. Our drainage system in Greatwood does outfall to the Brazos River.
(2) Do people on our lakes/channels need to worry about that level rising?
Residents should be aware that they should anticipate that water levels in the lakes and channels in the community could be higher than normal if additional rain occurs. Ponding water in the streets during localized rainfall events for the next few days may also occur and is part of the overall drainage system design. Any ponding water in the street should recede as the rain subsides.
(3) Will floodgates be used to control flow?
Yes, the District has floodgates which are currently being used to prevent inflow to the District from the Brazos River. Because of the use of floodgates, the District will not be able to drain runoff from localized rainfall events by gravity flow until permitted by lower levels on the Brazos River. The District has two pump stations in the community that will be operating as needed to pump water out of the District’s drainage system until the river elevations recede.
Also, please keep in mind that the current projected peak elevation of the river of 50.0 is below the 100-year flood level for the Brazos River. For reference, the levees are designed based on current Fort Bend County regulations to provide a levee height that has minimum of 4 feet of freeboard above the 100-year base flood elevation. The top of the levee in Greatwood will still be 6-10 feet above the proposed peak elevation this weekend. Further, the levee is comprised of compacted, highly impermeable soil and was designed to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements for levee construction and has been certified by FEMA and Fort Bend County.
The levee system as a whole takes into account the water flows from Rabbs Bayou. The compacted earthen dam levee system is to protect the homes from the rising Brazos River. There is backwater that is flowing from the Brazos River into Rabbs Bayou (usually it is the other way around and Rabbs drains into the Brazos…However, since the Brazos is so high currently the opposite is happening and the water is flowing back from the Brazos into Rabbs). All of this water and drainage has been contemplated by the LID engineer and the LID engineer and operator are monitoring the system minute by minute.
Of course water in the street from heavy rains is “designed” and expected. The water (from rains not the River) collect in the streets and flow to the storm sewer and out to the River.
Updated: May 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm
Additional general information about levees and flooding can be found by clicking the link below.
The Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management is providing regular updates regarding possible flooding. Please click the link below for information from the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management.
May 29, 2015
The Brazos River is projected to crest Saturday night at levels several feet below the top of the Greatwood levee.
According to the National Weather Service, the Brazos River in Fort Bend County is expected to crest in the late evening early morning of May 30, 2015. The current NWS projections for the Brazos River put the crest at 50 feet almost 6 feet below the top of the levee protecting Greatwood.
The River is expected to rise an additional 7 feet from its current level as of Wednesday afternoon. Residents within the community should anticipate higher than normal water levels in the lakes and drainage channels, as additional rain is anticipated for later in the week. Ponding water in the streets should also be anticipated and is a normal part of the overall drainage and flood projection system. Please avoid driving through those areas. Water in the street should recede as the rain subsides.
According to the Districts' operator, all the Districts' levee and drainage facilities are functioning normally at this time. The current and projected River levels are within the design parameters of the levee system.
The district will provide further updates if conditions materially change during the remainder of the week.
During routine inspections of the LID’s operator, LMS, and as reinforced by inquiries from Greatwood residents, the LID is looking into how to improve the wetland planning beds within the large lake, particularly along Greatwood Lake Drive. Upon completion of the lake edge reconstruction project, the LID did plant wetland plants within these beds, which are enjoyed by all Greatwood residents, but required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of the Lids wetlands permit. Unfortunately, shortly after planting, the lake level dropped which caused some of the wetland plants to die. The LID is investigating the cause in the fall of the lake level as well as determining best steps to prevent this from re-occurring. Once it is determined the cause of the water level fall and the best way to prevent it, the LID is committed to re-establishing plants that are attractive to the residents, but also conform to the wetlands permit.
October 7, 2014
At its previous meeting, the Board of Directors of LID 11 voted to decrease the 2014 LID 11 tax rate by $.025 per $100 of assessed valuation. The new rate is:
$0.225 per $100 assessed value
(comprised of $0.18 for debt service and $0.045 for operations and maintenance)
You can view your tax statement online at TaxTech.net. If you would like to pay your tax bill through Tax Tech, current payment options are: cash, check, money order, and cashiers check. Credit cards accepted are Visa and MasterCard with a 3.5% service charge. Credit cards are only accepted over the internet, not in person or by phone.
If you do not escrow your taxes and have not received a tax statement, please contact the tax office at (281) 499-1223 or visit their website at TaxTech.net.
Justin Ring, President
|In addition to working as a Senior Project Manager for Edminster, Hinshaw, Russ and Associates (EHRA), Justin is well known in the Fort Bend County community. He is currently President of Fort Bend County Levy Improvement District No. 11 (Greatwood’s LID 11); a member of the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend Economic Development Council; a founder of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Infrastructure Committee and serves as President for the Association of Water Board of Directors – Texas, a state wide organization.
Justin lives in the Greatwood Arbor with his wife, Erin and children, Audrey (8) and Grayson (4). The family is active in the First United Methodist Church – Missouri City where Justin sings in the choir and the Chapel Singers, a select vocal ensemble group. He also chairs Friends of the Arts Committee which brings monthly music performances of all kinds to the church and is leading his church through a Visioning Campaign to help shape the next ten years of the church.
Jared Jameson, Vice President/Assistant Secretary
|Jared Jameson, vice president and chief investment officer for WJ Interests, received his MBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993. He is also a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and a registered investment advisor with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Jared is active in the Fort Bend community. He has served in numerous capacities for the Sugar Land Rotary Club. He has been both President and Treasurer while serving on the board for the Fort Bend County Women’s Center and is on the OakBend Medical Center Board. Jared also serves on the boards for Sugar Land Town Square TIRZ and Fort Bend Green. He and his wife have one daughter.
Stuart Rimes, Secretary/Assistant Vice President
|Stuart Rimes, DDS, NIS, has lived in Greatwood for the past 10 years, but has resided in Fort Bend County almost his entire life. Growing up in Quail Valley, he attended Dulles High School, Texas A&M University, and UTHSC at Houston Dental School. Following graduation he joined the United States Air Force and served for 8 years in Altus, OK, San Antonio, TX, and Ft. Walton Beach, FL.
He and his wife, Paula, have been married 20 years and have two daughters, Emily, 16, and Libby, 14. Emily is a junior at George Ranch High School and is actively involved in her school that includes volleyball and softball. Libby, an 8th grader at Reading Jr. High, enjoys playing volleyball year round.
Stuart has been actively involved in coaching both of his girls in their various sporting activities, but is now coaching Emily’s select softball team Texas Magic Gold. Since moving to Greatwood he has been actively involved with his neighborhood beginning with being a Neighborhood Representative. This was followed by serving on the MUD 106 Board and now is a member of the appointed LID 11 Board. Last year he was elected to the Greatwood HOA Board. Stuart’s “goal is to maintain Greatwood as a destination neighborhood where people can raise their families for years to come.”
Levee Management Services, LLC, Operator
Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, Attorney
LJA Engineering, Inc., Engineer
Myrtle Cruz, Inc., Bookkeeper
Rathmann & Associates, L.P., Financial Advisor
Tax Tech, Inc., Tax Collector
Tax Tech, Inc., Agent for Notice
01/01/15 - District Information Kit (PDF)
10/07/14 - Notice to Purchasers (PDF)
06/01/14 - District Registration Form (PDF)
01/30/11 - Rules and Penalties (PDF)
01/30/11 - Flood Prevention (PDF)
01/24/06 - Conflict of Interest Disclosures (PDF)