Grass Fire Near Steep Bank Creek Pump Station

Good evening. Earlier this afternoon a minor grass fire took place near the Steep Bank Creek pump station. The fire has been extinguished, and there was no damage to any LID facilities, including pump station equipment. However, smoke may remain visible throughout the evening. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the appropriate law enforcement officials.

Again, we remind all residents that access to the levee and LID facilities is strictly prohibited. If you notice any unauthorized access of the levee facilities, please notify law enforcement.

Update on Two-Dimensional 2D Model for Steep Bank Creek Watershed

In our constant effort to prepare our community for the next high water event, the LID 19 board, along with several other boards, have joined forces to provide two-dimensional stormwater modeling to our region.

In 2014, Fort Bend County provided LIDAR data for the county. LIDAR stands for Light Detection and Ranging and is a technique that utilizes pulsed lasers to provide topographic information.


Pulsed lasers are sent from an aircraft to targeted ground positions get reflected back to equipment on that aircraft. A sensor on the plane measures the distance traveled by the laser. Millions of these pulses grouped with global positioning information, as well as other measurement systems, create scan angles. All of these millions of elevation points combine into what is called a point cloud. Every point in that cloud has three-dimensional spatial coordinates. The result of which is detailed topographic information about the ground.

LID 19, along with Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #115, First Colony LID, and LID 15, joined forces to update the data to account for new developments since 2014 as well as to provide greater detail than what is available in the 2014 Fort Bend County LIDAR.


This initiative provides an additional level of detail for intense, less frequent rainfall events where the storm sewer collection system is overwhelmed. The new topographic information and various rainfall data fed into modeling software creates a 2D hydrological model of the Steep Bank Creek watershed and the surrounding regions. Once completed, the new, more accurate mapping can help us create high-end modeling of specific irregular rain events.

As meteorologists forecast certain cumulative rainfall events over a particular number of days, the modeling information can plan out the event projections before the storm reaches us, allowing operators on the ground to better prepare for a specific rain event. As we are aware, every high water event is unique, and information is critical to our success. This modeling will assist participating districts in evaluating potential future capital improvements and implementing appropriate operational changes to better prepare for the next river or weather event.

The cost of the 2D model is shared between all four parties. The 2D model is completed and will be released to participants as soon as the current conditions of the pandemic abate.

If you have any questions, you can email us from the website or post your questions on our Facebook page.

Stay Off the Levees

With the current Stay at Home order in place, residents have been actively walking through our community. While that is your choice, the LID 19 board of directors wanted to remind everyone that walking on the levees is not permitted.

Over the past few weeks, operators have seen more than just walkers as motorcycle and four-wheeler activity has been noted. These activities are not permitted and are inherently dangerous to the rider and the structural integrity of the levee.

Please do not go on the levee. Violators are considered trespassing and subject to penalties.