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Lawmakers Tour Flood-Damaged Greens Bayou Area

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee toured the areas affected by flooding near Greens Bayou on Monday afternoon. She was accompanied by state legislators and representatives from Senators Cornyn and Cruz, as well as news media. The groups surveyed apartments damaged by last week’s floods.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee tours the flood-damaged Greens Bayou Area with other lawmakers
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee tours the flood-damaged Greens Bayou Area with other lawmakers

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee says it’s time to re-evaluate flood control projects for Houston — at the federal, state and local level.

“And so today I’m calling for a collaboration, a recognition that there are many elements that contribute to this. It is vast development, uncontrolled. Climate variables, which I think you all understand what I’m saying, and we don’t know what we’re going to see next year, or in a couple months. And then lastly, this question of a systemic evaluation of the whole bayou system in Houston. Have we ever done that? Not enough.”

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee tours the flood-damaged Greens Bayou Area with other lawmakers
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee tours the flood-damaged Greens Bayou Area with other lawmakers

State Senator John Whitmire applauds the idea of a comprehensive review.

“We can talk about climate change, we’re gonna widen, deepen these bayous. But what I want to raise is the provocative issue of — look at these apartments. They’ve flood three times since 2001. We have got to address the issue of housing on the banks of our bayous, which will get out of their banks again.”  

Federal flood damage reduction projects have been completed in parts of Houston over the years, but Jackson-Lee says after the recent storms it’s become apparent that additional flood damage reduction tools are needed. The Governor has the president sent a request for assistance for Harris County.

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