Flood control district marks Hurricane Harvey's 4th anniversary by announcing all 181 bond projects have been initiated

Following Hurricane Harvey, debris lined the streets in many parts of Harris County. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)
Following Hurricane Harvey, debris lined the streets in many parts of Harris County. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Following Hurricane Harvey, debris lined the streets in many parts of Harris County. (Danica Lloyd/Community Impact Newspaper)

Harris County Flood Control District officials announced Aug. 25 that all 181 projects included in the district's 2018 bond program had been initiated. The announcement marked the fourth anniversary of Hurricane Harvey's landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast and the third anniversary of the $2.5 billion bond's passage.

According to the release, over the past three years 181 of 181 bond projects have been initiated; 27 projects have been completed, removing 11,000 homes from 100-year flood plains; 660 home buyouts have been completed; and another 662 home buyouts are in progress.

Additionally, $251 million in contracts has been awarded to engineering companies, and $552 million in contracts has been awarded for construction of capital improvements and repairs, the release states.

"The Harris County Flood Control District has been working steadily to plan, design, and build these projects to reduce flooding for Harris County residents. Three years into a 10-year bond program, we are making tremendous progress," interim Executive Director Alan Black said in a statement. "We continue to work to secure partnership funding and with the help of county leadership have created the Flood Resiliency Trust providing certainty that our projects will be completed in an equitable way."

The announcement comes on the heels of several months of bond funding challenges for the district and the June resignation of Russ Poppe, the district's longtime executive director.


For more information about watershed-specific bond progress, click here.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.



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