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HCFCD to gather public comment on White Oak Bayou projects

January 30, 2019

Harris County Flood Control District is asking the community for their feedback and opinions on the Barwood, Tower Oaks Meadows and Bernadine Estates Subdivision Drainage Improvement Project.

Tonight, Jan. 30, HCFCD will hold a community engagement meeting at Arnold Middle School to receive public comments concerning future work on the White Oak Bayou watershed.

The projects will improve drainage systems and infrastructure to reduce the impact of flooding on neighborhoods by routing water to bayous and major drainage channels, according to HCFCD. On Aug. 25, the HCFCD had their $2.5 billion flood control bond passed for flood mitigation projects.

The projects for the White Oak Bayou watershed projects include the Barwood, Tower Oaks Meadows, Tower Oaks Plaza, Bernadine Estates, Cypress Crossing Mobile Home Park, Ravensway South, Westgate and Wortham neighborhoods.

The meeting will function like previous HCFCD meetings, with an introduction by HCFCD officials followed by consultants providing comments and an open house where citizens can provide feedback, ask questions and see mockups of planned projects, according to the HCFCD listing for the event.

Previously, HCFCD officials said public comment is valuable to their research and planning for the more than 200 projects HCFCD has planned.

“We meet very, very, very early on with affected land owners and try to show them what we’re doing and try to make adjustments to try to minimize impacts, or avoid impacts if we can,” said Matt Zeve, director of operations for HCFCD. “But, sometimes some of the landowners, and I understand where they’re coming from, don’t want to cooperate, or they don’t want their land to be part of the project.”

The meeting will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Arnold Middle School, 11111 Telge Road, Cypress. The last meeting being held by HCFCD in this series of engagement meetings will be Feb. 12 from 7 p.m. tp 8 p.m. at Memorial Hills Community Improvement Association, 2225 Briarcreek Blvd., Houston.

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