28 May 2015
District K Council Member Reiterates The Necessity For The Flood Damage Reduction Project
HOUSTON, TX – In the wake of the historic floodwaters that ran through the country’s fourth-largest city, Houston City Council Member for District K Larry Green is calling for the full federal funding of Project Brays. If properly addressed, the Brays Bayou Flood Damage Reduction Project – or, Project Brays – could have helped spare countless Houstonians from the damages of this week’s flood.
“Project Brays must be taken seriously,” said Houston City Council Member Larry Green. “This week’s historic flood has demonstrated just how vital this project is to residents of District K, southwest Houston, and every citizen who lives in or around the city’s limits. Neighborhoods such as Westbury, Knollwood Village, Willow Meadows, and Linkwood deserve better and Washington should stop playing partisan politics and send much needed infrastructure dollars.”
Project Brays is a cooperative effort between the Harris County Flood District (HCFCD) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that also incorporates local initiatives. The project aims to reduce flood damage through a variety of methods including channel and bridge modifications, as well as the use of stormwater detention basins. If fully supported and completed, the project could benefit thousands of residents and businesses along Houston’s Brays Bayou.
While Project Brays has made significant improvements in flood reduction, the project remains hindered by a shortfall in federal funding that has plagued the plan for years.
“As local Houstonians are picking up the pieces following this week’s flood, we still wait as Washington and some of our elected officials refuse to give this project the resources it needs,” said Council Member Green. “We can’t afford another damaging event like the one we experienced this week, and I strongly urge our leaders to give Project Brays the attention it needs to prevent future floods and damage.”
If fully completed, the project would not only reduce the size of the 10-year flood plain, but would also significantly decrease the flood risk for thousands of Houston homes, the Texas Medical Center, and several Houston-area universities including Texas Southern, Rice, Houston Baptist, and the University of Houston.
For more information on Project Brays, please visit:http://www.projectbrays.org/index.asp.