Precinct 4 Constable Office opens substation focused on flooding
The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office held a grand opening for their new substation equipped with boats for aid during flooding on May 10, the same week that Harris County sustained inches of heavy rainfall.
On Friday, the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office opened the Harris County Water Control Improvement District 110 Substation at 20122 Holzwarth Road in Spring with a ribbon cutting and dozens of Harris County citizens supporting the event. The substation, created in conjunction with WCID 110 will have a focus on high water rescue situations, Pct. 4 Constable Mark Herman said.
Herman said Pct. 4 has been looking into opening a substation in the area for three years to place all emergency high water equipment at this location including rescue boats in the back of the building. He said the idea came from Pct. 4 Chief Deputy Donald Stewart. This will be the eighth substation the Pct. 4 Constable’s Office has built, Herman said.
“It is exactly in the middle of the 522 square miles that we patrol in Pct. 4,” Herman said. “We started looking at the area that is going to be booming, anticipating higher crimes and things of that nature and it was the Cypresswood/(I-45) corridor … It’s ironic that we just had two recent events and here we are 12 hours away from what happened last night and we’re opening this office.”
Jerry Strickland, director of WCID, said the substation will soon have a generator on site so deputies can fully function during weather events.
“Hopefully we can find a way to staff it every day so a normal citizen can walk in, knock on a window, buzz somebody so somebody can come and talk to (deputies),” he said. “We’re proud of this. We’re very proud of it. Water boards catch a lot of rocks thrown at them for not spending money. Folks, you’re standing on $1.7 million.”
Herman thanked Lowes and Home Depot staff present at the event for helping Pct. 4 acquire the property. Pct 4. judges Lincoln Goodwin and Laryssa Korduba were at the event showing support as well as Jack Cagle, Harris County Pct. 4 Commissioner. Cagle expressed his excitement for the new station.
“When Harvey hit I was having meetings with Constable Herman in the lobby of the church that we converted into the emergency station to help serve the public,” he said. “Now that we have a location that’s like this, that should be high enough and dry enough to where we can continue to serve the public with our communications intact and our people intact.”
Cagle specifically congratulated the WCID for researching the project and working with Pct. 4 Constable Precinct.
“You’re not only making a difference for yourselves, you’re making a difference for the whole precinct,” he said.