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Urgent: Flood Bond Meeting

As most of you are aware, the Harris County Commissioners have called a bond election for August 25 to provide local funding for projects across Harris County that will reduce the risk of flooding.

The County is undergoing a community engagement campaign to seek input on what to include in the bond package. Their stated goal is to have an open, transparent process. The proposed list of projects is a starting place, and the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) Staff is soliciting public comments and suggestions to make sure as many project opportunities as feasible are identified.

The San Jacinto River Watershed Bond Program will be held Tuesday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Kingwood Park High School 4015 Woodland Hills Drive in Kingwood. NOTE THE MEETING HAS BEEN MOVED FROM THE KINGWOOD COMMUNITY CENTER TO KINGWOOD PARK HIGH SCHOOL.

Please note: this is not a Kingwood-only meeting. Please also invite your friends in Atascocita, Humble and Huffman as this session is geared to get their inputs as well.

It is absolutely crucial you make every effort to attend this meeting as it is your opportunity to interface directly with HCFCD Staff to make sure your project requests are heard. We understand the format of the meeting is for the County to make some initial comments, and then provide “breakout sessions” manned by the HCFCD Staff members to allow you to hear about potential projects and allow you to put forth your individual recommendations for projects meriting consideration.

If you cannot attend, please go the HCFCD website at https://www.hcfcd.org/bond-program/community-input/ and provide your suggestions/concerns.

Dianne Lansden and I have been working closely with the Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Councilman Martin, Bob Rehak and others to try to arrive at a consensus around the key projects that must be incorporated into the package to provide the Lake Houston Area as much protection as possible from the threat of future flooding. The focus has coalesced around these items (not in order of prioritization—we need them all!):

1) Dredging both the West and East Forks of the San Jacinto as well as Lake Houston
2) Detention/Sediment Basins west and north of Highway 59 to divert water from flowing downstream into the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston
3) Adding 10 Tainter gates on the Lake Houston Dam
4) Dredging/Remediation of internal drainage ditches within each of the Lake Houston communities

Please forward this to everyone you know that might possibly have an interest in preventing future flooding—whether they flooded during Harvey or not. This affects everyone that lives in this Area!

I am always happy to hear your concerns or comments.

Thank you,

Bill Fowler, Co-Chair Lake Houston Area Grassroots Flood Prevention Initiative

New Location: San Jacinto River Watershed Community Meeting

Houston, TX - Council Member Dave Martin would like to make Lake Houston residents aware that Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) will be hosting the San Jacinto River Watershed Community Meeting to discuss the upcoming Harris County bond election on Tuesday, July 10, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Kingwood Park High School, 4015 Woodland Hills, Kingwood, Texas, 77345. The meeting has been moved from the Kingwood Community Center to Kingwood Park High School to accommodate a larger crowd.

To see the proposed flood reduction projects for the San Jacinto River Watershed, please follow this link.
If you are unable to attend the meetings you may also submit your comments online to HCFCD. The meetings will conclude August 1, allowing time for county officials to finalize the bond package for voters.

On June 12, Harris County Commissioners Court approved to place the $2.5 billion flood bond issue on the August 25 ballot, asking voters to finance a 10 to 15 year program of flood mitigation projects that include drainage improvements, upgraded warning systems, infrastructure repairs, home buyouts, and construction of more detention basins.

For more information, please contact Harris County Flood Control District Bond Program Hotline at 713-684-4107.

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