Judge Ed Emmett, other officials discuss federal disaster recovery funds


HOUSTON – Judge Ed Emmett and Rep. John Culberson held a news conference Monday to discuss federal disaster recovery funds recently awarded to Harris County. 

The news conference was held at noon at the Jewish Community Center located at 5601 South Braeswood Blvd.

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The pair discussed how the $4.5 billion in federal funds announced last week by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will be used to strengthen the flood control network in Harris County.

"There is no flood control fairy that is going to come down and build these projects," Emmett said.

The judge said the flood bond, scheduled for an Aug. 25 election, is still critical despite the recent infusion of federal dollars.

Projects included in last week's announcement, as described by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Abbott's Office, include:

  • Brays Bayou – $75,000,000 
  • Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries - $1,454,000 
  • Clear Creek - $295,165,000 
  • Dallas Floodway - $222,911,000 
  • Dallas Floodway Extension - $53,000,000 
  • Hunting Bayou - $65,000,000 
  • Lewisville Dam - $91,959,000 
  • Lower Colorado River - $73,290,000 
  • Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay - $3,957,134,000 
  • White Oak Bayou - $45,000,000 

Studies included in the announcement, as described by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Abbott's Office:

  • Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study - $1,902,000 
  • Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Study  - $6,000,000 
  • Houston Regional Watershed Assessment -  $3,000,000 
  • Brazos River, Fort Bend County Erosion Management Study - $3,000,000 
  • Guadalupe and San Antonio River Basins - $2,000,000 

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Later in the evening, at 6 p.m., Brays Bayou will be the focus of a meeting about flood concerns.

Emmett will attend a Harris County Flood Control Community Engagement meeting at Pershing Middle School.

Residents living along the bayou will learn about the upcoming August flood bond election.