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October 4, 2017      6:34 PM

Harris County Judge Emmett: It is time to build a third reservoir in the Houston region

Judge is ready for a bond issue, but says “If this isn’t a rainy day, then what is...It’s $500 million to protect this entire region. To me, that would be a good investment.”

To understand the future of flood control in Harris County, the region would do well to map the water ways of the past, where development or reservoirs now cover the ground.

That was Republican County Judge Ed Emmett’s advice to the House Natural Resources Committee this morning as the committee took testimony on how to move forward from Hurricane Harvey.

“I believe very firmly that Harvey ought to be a redefining moment for the state of Texas,” Emmett told the committee. “We have to change the way we do a lot of things.”

Houston floods in 1935 led to the creation of the Harris County Flood Control District and the construction of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs, Emmett noted. The explosion of the school in New London in 1937 led to the passage of legislation that governed natural gas and bidding on school construction.

And now Harvey must be the catalyst for better flood control.

By Kimberly Reeves

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