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.
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