Transportation

Harris County Continues Road To Recovery After Houston’s Tax Day Floods

County officials are working with the City of Houston and the Texas Department of Transportation on a list of locations that should be blocked in case of severe weather.

The Harris County Toll Road Authority has installed two gates at the Westpark Tollway eastbound ramp onto Post Oak Boulevard to prevent motorists to drive into high water.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority has installed two gates at the Westpark Tollway eastbound ramp onto Post Oak Boulevard to prevent motorists to drive into high water.

The Harris County Flood Control District has reported that a section of Westheimer Parkway near the Barker Reservoir is now open to traffic.

Additionally, a section of Clay Road close to the Addicks Reservoir is also passable.

As part of the recovery process, the Flood Control District is evaluating the damage caused to its infrastructure by the severe weather.

“There’s about $12 million dollars worth of damage and erosion, pipe out falls and debris removal,” explained Mike Talbott, the district’s executive director.

There are also new developments regarding how traffic will be handled the next time Harris County experiences flooding.

The Toll Road Authority has installed two gates at the Westpark Tollway eastbound ramp onto Post Oak Boulevard to prevent motorists from driving into high water.

Judge Ed Emmett said county officials are working to put together a list of intersections and underpasses that should be blocked in case of severe weather.

“If there’s any threat of an underpass flooding, we’re gonna have somebody — whether it’s TxDOT , Harris County Toll Road Authority, City of Houston, or Harris County — we’re gonna have somebody out there. If they’re not putting up physical barricades, they’re gonna physically block it,” Emmett said. 

He said the ultimate goal is to have automatic barricades at dangerous locations.

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