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What’s Being Done to Prevent More Flooding in Meyerland?

This week, Brazos Bend State Park reopened. It was closed for several weeks due to flood damage. It’s just one of many areas in and around Greater Houston that contended with flooding over Memorial Day weekend, prompted by a strong, fast-developing and sustained storm, which dropped up to 11 inches of rain over the area in […]

This week, Brazos Bend State Park reopened. It was closed for several weeks due to flood damage. It’s just one of many areas in and around Greater Houston that contended with flooding over Memorial Day weekend, prompted by a strong, fast-developing and sustained storm, which dropped up to 11 inches of rain over the area in a matter of hours.

Perhaps no neighborhood suffered more damage than Meyerland. Hundreds of homes were flooded; far more suffered damage than have in past storms. Meyerland is thought of as a flood-prone area. The neighborhood was built on what were rice fields, next to a bayou which had its meander removed to make room for development.

Today, we consider what can be done to minimize damage in Meyerland from future floods. We learn about Project Brays, an ambitious Harris County Flood Control District construction project.

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