Flooding

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Texas’ Congressional District 7 has been impacted by two major storms in the last two years; the Tax Day floods and the Memorial Day floods. These flood events have caused thousands of dollars in damage, and resulted in hundreds of families being displaced from their homes.

Flood control is an essential part of protecting our quality of life in Houston. I will continue to push for expedited completion of flood mitigation projects and additional funding to help rebuild flood damage.

Flooding Updates:

  • Expediting Project Brays Bayou
    • Congress passed the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation (WINN) Act, and I included language to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to expedite completion of Project Brays Bayou, which will remove 29,000 homes from the 100-year floodplain.

  • Cosponsored Rep. Al Green’s Amendment to prioritize flood projects
    • I cosponsored Rep. Green’s amendment to prioritize flood projects in areas where loss of life has occurred due to flooding
  • Texas Disaster Recovery Funding:
    • Houston received $66 million in February 2016
    • Texas received $45 million in disaster relief funding in October 2016.
    • Texas received $177 million in disaster relief funding in December 2016.
    • This funding has not been allocated to specific localities yet, but I will continue to advocate for Harris County and Houston to receive their fair share to assist in the rebuilding efforts.

I’m meeting regularly with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Harris County Flood Control District, and the City of Houston to explore new solutions for Houston’s flooding problem. I will continue to work with my colleagues to develop strategic long-term solutions to prevent future flood damage.

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