Residents told city & county plans to combat repeated flooding

- Hundreds of Meyerland residents attended a meeting on Monday night to hear from the executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District and the City of Houston flood czar. Those residents have already been told they will not be offered buyouts.

What they heard on Monday night was it's going to take a lot of money to finish flood control projects like Project Brays.

Many residents are left to wonder if Project Brays had been completed, would their homes have been saved from floodwaters? Some residents have seen their homes flood three times in as many years.

Russ Pope, executive director of the Harris County Flood Control District, told the crowd that every single resident of Harris County was affected one way or another by Harvey.

"Right now, the estimates of flooded homes in Harris County alone are in the 120-to-140 thousand range," said Pope. "And that's much more than from 2001, Tropical Storm Allison."

City flood czar Steve Costello told the audience that the city is looking at some 300 pocket parks that could possibly be used as detention ponds. He added that on Tuesday afternoon, the city will be requesting a $47 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board with zero interest. Those funds would be used on flood control projects.

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