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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

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