Harris County Residents To Vote On Flood Control Bonds

May 30, 2018 by James Roman

The Harris County Commissioners Court plans to call a bond election for August 25, 2018, for the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD). Registered voters in Harris County will be asked to vote on what could be $2.5 billion in bonds for flood risk reduction projects throughout the county.

At a news conference today, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was enthusiatic about the bond program, stating that “we’re gonna go solve problems.” He later emphasized the importance of the projects that could be funded by the bonds, adding, “We’re all in this together.”

Starting June 5th, there will be 23 public meetings for discussion on the bond program. The last meeting will be August 1st. HCFCD is estimating the bond request will be for $2.5 Billion and potential projects include:

  • Channel modifications to improve stormwater conveyance
  • Regional stormwater detention basins
  • Major repairs to flood-damaged drainage infrastructure
  • Removing large amounts of sediment and silt from drainage channels
  • Voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties
  • Wetland mitigation banks
  • Property acquisition for preserving the natural floodplains
  • Drainage improvements made in partnership with other cities, utility districts, or other local government agencies
  • Upgrading the Harris County Flood Warning System

More information is available on the HCFCD website including an interactive map of potential projects.

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Written by James Roman

James Roman

James Roman is a Civil Market Leader based in our Houston office. He is a Professional Engineer in the states of Texas and Florida. He has been involved in a wide variety of projects throughout the state of Texas. His extensive experience includes project management, planning and design, feasibility studies, platting, permitting, and construction management. James puts a large emphasis on project deliverables and client relationships.