Houston needs flood prevention infrastructure. According to Brock Long with FEMA, the federal government says that local and state agencies must provide funding for flood prevention as they only handle disaster relief.
All levels of government should contribute, but the state should help fund some flood control. Over 60 inches of rain in some areas SHOULD qualify as enough rain to tap into the Rainy Day Fund. Without flood prevention, we will stay in a constant rebuilding mode. Local property taxes are collected from structures built in the floodways, flood pools, etc., then FEMA (federal) money pays billions. This system is not sustainable without change.
Flood prevention would be cheaper than rescuing citizens, paying for temporary housing and clothing, debris removal, and rebuilding. The Cypress Creek Watershed has been ignored despite its tremendous population growth. We need a third reservoir, but that would require buying land from many owners, and land is quickly being developed. Since the county has not purchased a large land area for a third reservoir, we need several detention ponds dredged before spring 2018. Detention basins could be dredged in low-lying flood-prone areas in western and northern Harris County. This could be completed before the next hurricane season and would be fiscally responsible. Some Cypress Creek reservoir or levee proposals would retain the water in the Cypress Creek watershed. That may help the Addicks area, but it would devastate the Cypress Creek area. We need solutions for everyone.
Basic drainage maintenance in Pct. 3 (clean channels and bayous that are clogged with silt and debris)
Elevating and/or building new homes in the floodways and in the 100-year flood plain
only spreads water runoff to surrounding homes and areas, creates debris (damage), and slows water flow. Building new structures in the floodway where devastation is inevitable is cruel and unwise.
Stop permitting private water wells. (causes sinking)
TELL OFFICIALS THAT FLOOD PREVENTION MUST BEGIN NOW! FLOOD PREVENTION SAVES LIVES, PROTECTS PROPERTY, AND INCREASES MENTAL AND PHYSICAL WELL BEING. ENTER YOUR INFORMATION AND SUBMIT. BE HEARD!
We haven't even gotten disaster relief yet, and we NEED flood prevention.
Even if Texas got the funding, the Cypress Creek Watershed has been ignored despite its tremendous population growth. We need major basins and detention ponds dredged upstream ASAP. Smaller projects must be completed before spring until big projects can be finished.
NO Cypress Creek Levee! That would make our flooding worse. Pay attention to some Cypress Creek Reservoir proposals because some may help the Addicks area, but harm the Cypress Creek area. We need solutions which will help everyone. The 700,000 voters in the Cypress Creek Watershed must contact these officials ASAP: