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The Highs and Lows of Overseeing Flood Control in Harris County

The executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District retires Wednesday after spending 35 years with the agency.

From left to right, Mark Curran, Assistant Chief of the Houston Police Department, Mike Talbott, Executive Director of the Harris County Flood Control District, and Houston Council Member At-Large Michael Kubosh took part in a press conference to kickstart the pilot project. (Photo: Al Ortiz)
From left to right, Mark Curran, Assistant Chief of the Houston Police Department, Mike Talbott, Executive Director of the Harris County Flood Control District, and Houston Council Member At-Large Michael Kubosh. (File Photo)

The executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District retires Wednesday. Mike Talbott spent 35 years with the agency. As a young staff engineer, he witnessed the destruction of Hurricane Alicia in 1983. He worked his way up as the agency adopted computer modeling, digital mapping and new drainage rules for private developers. Talbott sat down with Houston Public Media’s Maggie Martin to talk about his accomplishments and what still needs to be done.

“We’ve got 22 watersheds in Harris County,” Talbott said. “Each of them has their own independent flooding problems.”

Mike Talbott will be succeeded by the director of operations, Russ Poppe. He also appears on Wednesday’s “Houston Matters” show. To hear more of the interview, click on the audio play button above.

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