Stories to follow in 2019: Watershed study to determine Fort Bend County flood bond

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What we reported: Over the past three years, Fort Bend County, Sugar Land and Missouri City have prioritized flood-control projects in response to the four major flooding events that have affected the area, including the most recent flooding from Hurricane Harvey. A Brazos River Erosion Management study is in progress, aimed at addressing drainage issues in preparation for the next storm. In June 2018, county engineers told the court it will need about $369 million in bonds to address needed drainage improvements.

The latest: The estimated $369 million bond figure is still the most up-to-date, but when the bond will go in front of voters will not be known until the watershed study is completed at the end of 2019, former Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert said. He expected some working data to be made available as soon as mid-2019. The county is handling project importance through cost-benefit analysis that weighs the benefits of a project with the cost associated to do the project. Hebert said any project receiving at least a one-to-one ratio is worth doing, and projects that receive a 2:1 or 3:1 ratio would be pushed to the top of the list.

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Christine Hall
Christine Hall joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2018, and covers Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD. She previously reported on health care innovation for the Texas Medical Center, was a freelancer, and held various news roles at the Houston Business Journal.
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