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What Ideas Does Houston’s New Flood Czar Have To Address Flooding?

Greater Houston has experienced three major floods in less than 12 months. Following the latest “Tax Day Floods,” Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Steve Costello as “flood czar.” News 88.7’s Florian Martin sat down with the former Houston city council member and engineer at a cafe in Montrose. Costello says he was not expecting to […]

Steve Costello City Council Flood Czar - Florian Martin

Greater Houston has experienced three major floods in less than 12 months. Following the latest "Tax Day Floods," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner appointed Steve Costello as "flood czar."

News 88.7's Florian Martin sat down with the former Houston city council member and engineer at a cafe in Montrose.

Costello says he was not expecting to be named to the new post, sees an opportunity for more regional cooperation and wants to use the city's Rebuild Houston infrastructure program to address flooding.

(Above: Steve Costello, shown while serving on the Houston City Council, has been appointed as the city’s “flood czar” by Mayor Sylvester Turner. Photo: Florian Martin, Houston Public Media)

MORE:
Steve Costello — Extended Conversation (News 88.7, May 12, 2016)
Mayor Turner Targets Flooding, Fiscal Crisis In First State of the City Speech (News 88.7, May 5, 2016)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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