July 26, 2018
Greg Sergesketter has brought this to my attention. We need to get involved as this directly impacts us.
Harris County is holding community engagement meetings prior to we the voters deciding on August 25th about the $2.5 billion bond for flood control. Buffalo Bayou’s meeting is on July 30, 2018, from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079.
It is extremely important to have a large attendance to show how much the community wants additional flood control measures in the Buffalo Bayou watershed. We need to ensure the highest levels of public input as part of Harris County’s evaluation process. Out of all the watersheds in Harris County, Buffalo Bayou had the second most number of homes flooded during Harvey at 17,090 (HCFCD report).
Randy Jones (Memorial SN President) tallied up the initial total cost within each of the 22 Harris County watersheds as listed in the Houston Chronicle at $1.139592 billion. On a monetary ranking, the Buffalo Bayou watershed ranked 12th at $44 million (3.86%). The top 3 watersheds (Cypress Creek, Little Cypress Creek and Cedar Bayou) combined tallied $446 million (39.14%), the top 5 (adding White Oak Bayou and the San Jacinto River to the list) combined tallied $609 million (53.44%) and the top 11 (half of listed 22 watersheds) combined tallied $944.125 million for a whopping 82.85%. That is an abysmally low amount for Buffalo Bayou.