Flood signage causing mixed emotions in SW Houston neighborhood


HOUSTON – A series of new signs posted along flood-prone North Braeswood Boulevard in Southwest Houston is upsetting some residents in the area.

"I think it's ugly," said Margaret Sanchez, a Braes Heights resident.

The flood gauge signs sit in city easements, but some are very close to front lawns, and some residents have said it will hurt property values.

"I can understand why people might be outraged about it, but if we ever have a flood, people will be glad they're there so they know how deep the water is," Councilman Michael Kubosh said Friday.

The signage, erected Thursday, was authorized by the City of Houston, but Friday afternoon, neither Kubosh nor the Department of Public Works could identify who ordered the signs be cemented into the ground.

Residents of Southwest Houston's Robindell and Braes Heights subdivisions have signs prominently placed near the entrances of their neighborhood.

"It's in somebody's front yard, which I'm not sure is the best place to put it," said Lex Frieden, a resident of Braes Heights.

Frieden also said the area did flood, and that signs served a valuable purpose.

KPRC saw three sets of signs (on each side of the street) between Edloe and Braewick on North Braeswood Bouldvard on Friday.

"I had assumed it would have disappeared in the middle of the night and I'm very surprised it didn't," Sanchez said.

Kubosh reminded Houstonians it a crime to remove official city signage from rights-of-way, but said he would further investigate the matter to see if it is possible and appropriate to relocate the signs.