USACE joins with legislator to address flood concerns
U.S. Representative Lizzie Fletcher talks with concerned citizens regarding flooding within her congressional district. The meeting was held April 25 at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church. Also answering questions were Russ Poppe of the Harris County Flood Control District, Ben Akers of the FEMA Texas Recover Office, Sheri Willey of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District, and Scott Hudman of HUD. Within Rep. Fletcher’s 7th District, the $75 million Addicks and Barker Dam Safety construction project continues to progress. The Galveston District is also partnering with the Fort Bend Drainage District to desilt Buffalo Bayou, and is currently in the process of holding public scoping meetings for the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study. This study will identify and evaluate the feasibility of reducing flood risks on the Buffalo Bayou, both upstream and downstream of Addicks and Barker Reservoirs in Harris County, Texas, while simultaneously completing a Dam Safety Modification Evaluation on the two dams.