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Cedar Bayou Apache Lane flooding project presented to the public

HARRIS COUNTY PRECINCT 2 Infrastructure Director Jeremy Phillips, left, talks with residents of the area, while Harris County Engineer Reid Mrsnya, right, presents details of the drainage proposals to the audience.

EAST HARRIS COUNTY – On January 16 the Harris County Flood Control District held a meeting at the San Jacinto Community Center in Highlands, to inform the public about partnering with the Harris County Precinct 2 Engineering Department to address flooding issues in residential neighborhoods in unincorporated regions of Harris County with focus on stormwater drainage improvements and to receive input from the public.

Reid Mrsnya, Public Engineer with Harris County, points out that his group is working to find solutions for flooding issues on Apache Lane nearest to Cedar Bayou.

Voters approved $2.5 billion in bonds to finance flood damage reduction projects within the county. The county is moving forward with planning and construction of projects with bond funding, making effort to make transparent those projects to residents.

This meeting is listed on the Harris County Flood Control District website and information can be obtained and comments made at www.hcfcd.org/E12, the district’s website.

Stormwater drainage was discussed with what engineers believe are the best remedies and they heard residents express what they believe are stormwater problems and potential improvements.

Internal neighborhood drainage systems and related infrastructure that move flood water to major drainage channels or bayous were explored. Municipalities typically handle internal drain systems like underground sewer systems and roadside ditches.

A presentation proceeded an open house discussion with the project team.