October 10, 2017      4:54 PM
Interim flood plan expected to set the state for 2019 session debate
A “snapshot” including Risk and Roles, Flood mitigation costs, and the Future of Flooding
The Texas Water Development Board is
ready to kick off the state flood planning process, but it’s unlikely to go as
far this interim as Harris County Judge Ed
Emmett might like.
At a meeting of the House Environmental Resources Committee
in Houston last week, Emmett suggested the $600,000 put aside for a state flood
plan would hardly be enough to get the job done. This initial filing of a flood
plan, however, will be more about defining roles and compiling projects to
present to lawmakers in the 86th session.
“I agree with (Emmett) that what he’s envisioning would
cost more than what we’ve got and it would take more time than what we’ve got,”
said TWDB Deputy Executive Director Robert
Mace. “I think what he’s thinking about is a more comprehensive plan going
into the future.”
So, what exactly will Texas get for the $760,000 set
aside for a flood plan?
By Kimberly Reeves