Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is beginning the process of shifting the county's existing flood control task force into a community resilience task force, according to a July 23 letter from Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle.

According to the letter, Cagle's office received the following information from Hidalgo's office on July 20:

"Today the county judge's office is beginning a process to gather public input on reshaping the Flood Control Task Force into a Harris County Community Resilience Task Force, with the goal of reflecting a broader approach to the infrastructure challenges and opportunities in our community. The county judge's office is inviting the public to share their thoughts and ideas on the proposed draft bylaws of this of this new version of the task force ... Once the public input process is completed, we can move forward with a Community Resilience Task Force that can collaborate with the proposed Infrastructure Resilience Team, and provide a formal mechanism for community input on resilience issues."

The Harris County Flood Control Task Force was first created by Harris County Commissioners Court in 1972 to advise and recommend "policies and programs to adequately protect homes and businesses from the hazards of flooding and facilitate economic development," according to information on Hidalgo's website.

The community has until July 30 to share feedback on the task force change and its proposed bylaws, which can be found in both English and Spanish here. Following the online engagement period, the revised bylaws for the task force will be brought to Harris County Commissioners Court for consideration in August, and upon its passage, task force work will begin this fall.

To provide feedback on the proposed change and bylaws, community members can do any of the following:

  • Email [email protected] to submit comments digitally, beginning July 21.

  • Join a virtual focus group via Zoom on July 23 at 3 p.m. by clicking here, or on July 30 at 10 a.m. by clicking here.

  • Offer input virtually during the July 28 Harris County Commissioners Court meeting at 10 a.m. To sign up to speak, click here.