On Aug. 25, Harris County voters will be asked to approve up to $2.5 billion in flood mitigation projects. Houston Matters learns what that means and gets your input.
Spurred by repeated widespread flooding events in recent years—culminating in Hurricane Harvey devastating southeast Texas last August—Harris County officials have decided to hold a $2.5 billion bond election Aug. 25 to fund flood mitigation projects throughout the county.
Heavy rains put a damper on the Houston area’s Fourth of July celebrations as early downpours washed out roadways and caused the cancellation of Independence Day festivities before the weather cleared up in time for fireworks to light up the night sky.
More than 10 months after Harvey dropped a trillion gallons of water across the Greater Houston area last August, Harris County is petitioning voters this August for a $2.5 billion bond referendum, which could fund more than 100 proposed flood control projects across the region.
U.S. Rep. John Culberson and his challenger, Lizzie Fletcher, found rare common ground on Wednesday as both endorsed Harris County’s proposed $2.5 billion flood infrastructure bond proposal.
Judge Ed Emmett and Rep. John Culberson held a news conference Monday to discuss federal disaster recovery funds recently awarded to Harris County.
Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey said Monday that $5 billion in federal funding that’s been awarded to Texas in the wake of last year’s deadly storm will finally help them finish major flood control projects, some of which have been under construction for years.
Harris County will ask voters to approve a $2.5 billion bond referendum on Aug. 25 to fund Harris County Flood Control District projects designed for flood prevention in the region, which has seen three damaging storms since 2015.
Congressman John Culberson stopped by the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center to announce his support of the Harris County Flood Control District bond proposal.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett talk about working together to respond to Harvey, how previous storms helped prepare them, and the lessons learned from Harvey.