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Cedar Bayou to benefit from Flood bonds

Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman talks with Luce Bayou and Cedar Bayou watershed residents at the I.T.May Community Center last Thursday.

HUFFMAN – Thursday, July 19, at the I.T. May Community Center, a public meeting was held to discuss the $2.5 Billion bond proposed by the Harris County Commissioner’s Court to sponsor comprehensive flood relief programs by the Harris County Flood Control District.

The measures are to initiate a comprehensive flood control program that begins in the north of the district all the way to the sea. The meetings focus on the needs of local populations and interact with the neighborhoods through a series of meetings. The H.C. Flood Control District presented 14 proposed anti-flood projects to be paid for by the bond.

Cedar Bayou has been flooding for decades now and a study of the watershed has been completed.

In the HCFCD proposal the upstream Cedar Bayou Project would receive $74M from the bond for right of way acquisition, design and construction of channel conveyance improvements and stormwater detention basin upstream of FM 1960. This 1% floodplain could be reduced in size from about 1,500 acres to less than 100 acres.

Another upstream project on Cedar Bayou would cost $11M but almost entirely eliminate the flood risk along upper Cedar Bayou.

Beaumont Highway reopens to traffic

CROSBY – Local commuters are relieved now that the Beaumont Highway, known also as old US 90, again provides a relief route to Houston and back, and is now reopened.

Local traffic and industrial trucking puts about 12,000 to 13,000 vehicles on the roadway daily between FM 2100 and Beltway 8.

TxDOT closed the road for repairs in early May on an emergency basis. It was feared that possible collapse of the roadway might occur. The closure was at Sheldon Road to drivers travelling east and originally at the San Jacinto River Bridge for those westbound, later moving nearer to C.E. King and then to Beltway 8.

Causes for the action were many. Normal wear and tear from erosion under the bridge was one factor. Varied floods last year including Hurricane Harvey compromised the integrity of the roadway.

Morman backs bond

Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman talks with Crosby flood victims Viola Stubbs and Mildred Bebee concerning options for their property on the Cedar Bayou Watershed. The Commissioner expressed many plans based on the recently completed study of the waterway and indicated that another meeting may be planned for the Cedar Bayou Watershed.

CROSBY – Monday, at the Crosby Community Center Harris County Flood Control District and varied parts of Harris County Commissioner’s Court Precinct 2 came together with interested local residents to hear about the proposed bond to deal with flooding issues.

A $2.5 billion dollar bond is proposed by the Commissioner’s Court and this meeting was to help convince locals that their is a need in the Jackson Bayou vicinity, that is to get some flood control measures and addressed the down stream of the San Jacinto River Watershed.

The bond election is to be held August 25 – the one year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall. Early voting is to begin August 8th. It is to address Harris County’s most prevalent natural disaster. The total need in the county for flood risk reduction is about $25 billion, the bond is to enable the H.C. Flood Control District to leverage the federal Harvey-related disaster funding that is on its way to Harris County. The cost to taxpayers would be spread over 10 to 15 years for an estimated 2-3 cents per $100 valuation. An over-65 or disabled exemption and a home worth $200,000 or less would not pay any additional taxes.

“In addition to the watershed that we are meeting on today, the Jackson Bayou Watershed, this is an interconnective system. The water flow upstream will impact in a positive way those folks that flood downstream. This is the most important election in my lifetime, it will be the most we can do to combat flooding for generations to come.” said Precinct 2 Commissioner Morman.

Agencies begin recovery in East Harris

Local areas designated for recovery relief.

CROSBY – Harris County has begun the process of recovery for some of the hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey and at the Crosby Community Center last Thursday many agencies that aid in the recovery of those hurt by the storm were in attendance.

The impacts of Harvey are fully known to authorities: millions of gallons of untreated sewage overflows, doctors reporting increases of stomach issues and skin infections are documented, flooded refineries and superfund sites commercial and industrial facilities were swept into the general communities with flood water, 90 incidents were reported in Greater Houston-Galveston involving 700,000 gallons of pollutants and more than 38,000 pounds of air pollutants were released, mold in homes is an ongoing danger. All of these dangers may seem abstractions however if one finds oneself homeless, losing their home or left in an emotional state too despondent to keep up the fight to survive.

On hand that day were federal agents with FEMA. Harris County Community Services Department, Resource Navigators social workers were there, and various workers with Harris County Government. Lone Star Legal Aid had representative present. Texans Crisis Counseling Program had therapists in attendance.

The best news for many attending is that if one were flooded as a result of the Spring Floods of 2016 or Harvey a recovery program yet to be announced may be available. Those interested should visit and fill out the online survey or call (832) 927-4961, leave a message and wait for a return call.

Morman reviews progress in Pct. 2

Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman at the Crosby/Huffman luncheon.

Mobility and Flooding are the major issues

CROSBY – Pct. 2 County Commissioner Jack Morman spoke to the Crosby/Huffman Chamber at their monthly meeting, last Thursday, May 17th at the Stonebridge County Club. Morman reviewed all the achievements and plans for his precinct, including roads, bridges, and flooding. But he emphasized, “My top priority is flood control, flood prevention and flood protection.”

He noted that the unprecedented and historic storm dropped 50” of rain in 4 days, leading to the countywide flooding. He said that 800 or more homes were affected in the Crosby and Huffman areas.

Harris County is at work to alleviate future flooding and property damage, he said. The county is changing and updating Flood Plain regulations, with new rules about the height of buildings above the 500 year flood levels, and more accurate flood plain maps. Unfortunately he said that inside Harris County are 15 municipalities that set there own rules, and don’t have to follow the county regulations.

However, to deal correctly with the flood problem, the county is now engaged in a buy-out program. They have set the budget for this at $40 million, but the first phase has released $20 million. Many of the homes are in the lower San Jacinto River and Highlands areas, he said. Harris County Flood Control has also asked the state for an addition $240 million to accelerate the home buyout program.

The major effort to deal with flooding would come after the approval of a $2.5 billion bond issue, which the county will put up for vote on August 25th. Actually, Morman said the amount is being calculated now, and may be more or less that that figure, depending upon what is in the “package.” The county would use the money for channel widening, de-siltation projects, and construction of more detention basins. The date of the bond election, August 25, is symbolic because that is the one-year anniversary of when Hurricane Harvey stuck the area.