Large machinery making ditch

Many cities in the Houston region, including Stafford, design roadways to hold water during large rainfall events to keep flooding from vertical structures.

The Public Works Department continues to improve areas of the City that are subject to flooding. The Master Drainage Study identified the major watersheds and natural drainage ways that encompass Stafford, the surrounding cities, and the existing conditions of the drainage areas. The Study shows the areas in the City that require impact fees and dedication of rights of way along channels. The Interactive GIS Map visually shows components of drainage city-wide.

Drainage concerns are addressed by the Street Department in the City’s right of way. “Birdbaths” are low spots in the concrete pavement next to the curb. They are a very common problem due to the flat terrain and the composition of the area soils. During periods of wet and dry weather, the soil expands and contracts to cause the pavement to settle in some areas and hold water. Large trees along the streets also remove water from the soil and cause it to compact and settle causing a dip or low spot in the pavement.

The City of Stafford has made a concerted effort to repair birdbaths when they become large enough to hold water for an extended period of time. When the depth of water along the gutter line is an inch or more and extends into the street from the curb more than three feet, these areas are a candidate for repair. All such areas should be reported to the Street Department by calling 281-261-3940.

City standards pertaining to designing drainage features in the City of Stafford. If you are working in Fort Bend County or Harris County there may be additional standards they would like you to refer to.

For additional information on the City of Stafford Master Drainage Study, contact the Public Works department.