UPDATE: Meyerland flood recovery town hall rescheduled

Hillcroft Bridge
The Hillcroft Avenue bridge crosses Brays Bayou in the Meyerland area, which has experienced repeated flood events. A town hall March 12 is aimed at giving residents needed information on flood-recovery efforts and resources. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Hillcroft Avenue bridge crosses Brays Bayou in the Meyerland area, which has experienced repeated flood events. A town hall March 12 is aimed at giving residents needed information on flood-recovery efforts and resources. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

Update: Wednesday, March 11, 1:58 p.m.

The flood recovery town hall has been rescheduled, according to an email from Abbie Kamin's chief of staff, Julia Retta, . The event on March 11 will not happen, and has been rescheduled, though a date hasn't been set at this time.

"The Council Member, my team and I truly appreciate your willingness to participate at our Flood Recovery Town Hall," wrote Kaylen Sennette, Kamin's scheduler and community affairs liaison in an email. "Due to the recent news regarding the outbreak of the Coronavirus in Houston, we will be cancelling the Flood Recovery Town Hall meeting until further notice."

Residents are invited to attend a town hall hosted by city of Houston District C Council Member Abbie Kamin, along with the city’s housing and community development department, on the topic of flood recovery.

"There are a lot of unanswered questions, and residents are still trying to navigate through a complicated recovery process," Kamin wrote in an emailed statement. "I want to make sure everyone is getting their questions answered. Throughout the campaign and now in office, I heard from constituents who are still trying to recover, more than two years after [Hurricane] Harvey, and some who flooded multiple times before. The point is that Meyerland is back and open for business, but we need to ensure that no family is left behind.”



The event will be held from 6-8 p.m., March 12, at Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston, 5601 S. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, and will include a presentation by Housing and Community Development Director Tom McCasland on the state of the department’s disaster-recovery program and how he, as director, will be moving forward, as well as an update on infrastructure and flood-mitigation programs Houston will be applying for, said Julia Retta, chief of staff for Kamin. Those infrastructure and flood-mitigation programs include the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, FEMA Public Assistance, and Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery. More information on these will come during the town hall, Retta said.

The city of Houston Homeowners Assistance Program, city of Houston Recovery Office, FEMA Flood Risk Reduction Assistance, Bayou City Initiative, Houston Volunteer Lawyers, Jewish Family Service of Houston, and census 2020 outreach will be among the groups at breakout tables for attendees to gather information and ask questions.

A Q&A session will immediately follow McCasland’s presentation, allowing resident input and connecting them to resources.

“We think the breakout tables will be the most helpful for residents,” Retta said.

The event is open to the public, but the organizers are asking attendees to RSVP through Eventbrite.

By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.