City of Houston

Houston Mayor To Make Personnel Appointment To Address Flooding

Mayor Turner also defended the city’s response to this week’s historic flooding.

Sylvester Turner
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner talks to reporters after the city council meeting on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said he will assign one person the responsibility to address Houston's flooding problem.

"Someone whose sole responsibility will be to look at it, assess it, bring to the table the various stakeholders and design a blueprint to put us in the best position to address it," Turner said.

The mayor said he had planned to make the announcement this past Monday during his State of the City address, but then the flooding happened and the event was canceled.

He wouldn't say who that person will be, but said he has someone in mind.

Turner also said he wants to create a flood task force.

Some blame Houston's development boom for making flooding worse. But Turner said he wants to take a comprehensive approach.

"It's going to take developers; it's going to take the TIRZ community; it's going to take the super neighborhoods, engineers, you name it," Turner said. "The business community, public works, Harris County Flood Control District, Corps of Engineers — all sitting at the table to make it work."

He said there needs to be more storm water detention.

Turner also addressed complaints by residents in the Greenspoint area, who have said the city took too long to respond when their homes were flooded.

That area was one of the hardest hit.

"Would I have preferred to respond to them at the immediate moment of need? Absolutely," Turner said. "And do I apologize to anyone who believes that we didn't respond to them in time? Absolutely. I'm the CEO and manager of the city."

But he also said no-one anticipated the flood to be as bad as it turned out and first responders were needed throughout the city.

He stressed that of the eight flood-related deaths in the Houston area, none occurred in Greenspoint.

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