The simplest, most effective thing you can do to reduce flood risk in the Humble/Kingwood/Atascocita area is come to a meeting Tuesday night, July 10 at Kingwood Park High School. From 6-8 p.m., County representatives will be there to explain the upcoming flood bond and listen to your ideas for flood mitigation. You don’t need to stay for the full two hours.
Meeting Format: Open House
The meeting format is “open house.” It will start with brief introductions from County Judge Ed Emmett, who used to live in Kingwood, our County Commissioners and Harris County Flood Control Staff. Then the action will shift to tables throughout the room where you can talk one-on-one with flood control district staff.
Drop in at any point. Get a petition from one of the RecoverLakeHouston representatives. Sign it. Hand it in. Then take your kids out for ice cream and talk about doing your duty for democracy. With cherries on top.
What We Need
The petition talks about the three things that will help this area reduce flooding the most: more upstream detention, dredging and flood gates.
- More detention means less input during floods.
- More dredging means greater throughput.
- More flood gates mean faster output.
It’s the flood mitigation trifecta. Less in. More through. Faster out.
If you have other thoughts, by all means submit those, too.
Step One of a Two-Step Process
Think of this as a two-step process.
- Step One: Make sure we get the right projects on the ballot.
- Step Two: Vote on the projects.
Don’t worry about anything else for now. The worst thing that could happen is that the bond package passes without projects that reduce the root causes of flooding in the Lake Houston Area. You get the bill without the benefits. No one wants that.
So suspend disbelief for the moment. We can debate merits and value down the road.
After 315 Days: Your Chance to Make a Difference
This is it. The World Cup of Rivers that Runneth Over. The Super Bowl of Flood Mitigation. The Sand Jac 500. The Tour De Lake. All rolled into one.
The Harris County Flood Bond is at hand. Let’s flood the room with attendees.
Bring your kids. Bring a neighbor. Bring a friend. Projects follow the votes. Remember: this is democracy in action. So be there or beware.
Posted on 7/10/2018 by Bob Rehak
315 Days since Hurricane Harvey