This project will help protect the North Acres neighborhood from flooding.


The type of flooding occurring in North Acres in known as local flooding. It generally occurs away from creeks. It occurs when the drainage system of pipes and ditches is overwhelmed by heavy rainfall. In North Acres, the neighborhood’s storm drain system is very limited. Stormwater is conveyed to the creek mostly through the streets.

This project is in preliminary engineering. We are looking at different options for installing a storm drain system of underground pipes. We will consider how well different options work, what issues might arise during construction and how much they are likely to cost.  We must also confirm that the options do not cause or worsen flooding for someone else.

Project Map

Map showing project area in North Acres neighborhood


There are three ponds in the North Acres neighborhood. These ponds are on privately-owned land and were not built for drainage purposes. The project will not include improvements to these ponds. Two of the ponds typically hold water. You may not be familiar with the third pond because it looks like part of the creek bed. It does hold some floodwaters, but is too small to provide significant flood benefit. Please also note that the City of Austin does not have the responsibility for the maintenance of these ponds. Resources for pond owners can be found on our Field Operations web page.


Residents have told us about the presence of springs in the area. This is something we will be taking into account as the project progresses. It may affect details of the construction.


Our capital improvement projects take many years from start to finish. The process typically includes the following phases:

  • Preliminary Engineering – when a solution is identified and costs are estimated.
  • Design – when the details are worked out and construction plans drawn up.
  • Bidding and Permitting – when a contractor is hired and all permits are acquired.
  • Construction – when the project is built.

The project is currently in the preliminary engineering phase with construction anticipated to begin in 2024.


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