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Friendswood watching results of Harris County bond election

August 17, 2018

Friendswood officials are closely watching the $2.5 billion Harris County bond election, which could fund projects including detention ponds near FM 528 and Dixie Farm Road.

Much of the city, which sustained extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey a year ago, is in Galveston County. But part is in Harris, and eligible voters among the some 6,000 residents who live there can vote in the Aug. 25 election at the Clear Lake Freeman Branch Library and the Harris County Annex building near Scarsdale.

“The city doesn’t have an official stance on the bond, but as the city manager, I am in support of the bond proposal,” Friendswood City Manager Morad Kabiri said. “I believe the city will benefit (from the projects) reducing the flood risk in the Clear Creek water shed.”

Money from the bond would also go to expand capacity for some area outfalls that help water move faster out of city drainage systems.

“It won’t fix Harvey, but it does head us in the right direction,” Kabiri said.

Bond-funded drainage improvements are proposed for areas surrounding Friendswood, such as a project slated for the South Belt area.

jennifer.bolton@chron.com

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