Stories to follow in 2019: Flood bond projects move forward in Spring, Klein


What we reported
In August 2018, Harris County voters approved a $2.5 billion bond referendum to fund long-term flood prevention projects. In October, Harris County Commissioners Court approved an agenda that included $400 million in combined Harris County Flood Control District and Harris County Engineering Department items related to flood prevention, with another $1.4 billion in projects initiated to date.

The latest
Projects planned in the Spring and Klein area in 2019 include a $400,000 project to update a 2003 Texas Water Development Board study to provide better recommendations for how to reduce flooding in the Cypress Creek watershed. The county will also seek construction bids in January for a
$2.2 million project to restore stormwater flow on Cypress Creek east of Hwy. 249, HCFCD spokesperson Karen Hastings said. In addition, $100 million is allocated for flood plain right of way acquisition along Cypress Creek. Voluntary home buyouts are also underway along Cypress Creek near Ella Boulevard, she said. Feasibility studies on a third Houston area reservoir in the area are being conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, she said.

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Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.
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