Texas’ Congressional District 7 has been impacted by three major storms in the last three years; the Tax Day floods, the Memorial Day floods, and Hurricane Harvey. These flood events have caused millions 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.
Since 2002, I have secured:
$206million in federal funds for Brays Bayou
$113.749 million in federal funds for Buffalo Bayou
$2.856 million in federal funds for White Oak Bayou
I have worked to secure an additional $74 million for flood control and storm damage reduction construction projects in the FY2018 Energy and Water Appropriations bill.
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.
Texas Disaster Recovery Funding:
Houston received $66 million in February 2016
In September 2016, I led a Texas delegation letter to House leadership to advocate for Texas to receive disaster funding in the supplemental appropriations bill. This letter resulted in Texas receiving $45 million in disaster recovery funding in October 2016.
Texas received $177 million in disaster relief funding in December 2016.
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.