Officials host early-voting rally for Harris County flood bond

Officials from the federal, state and local level gathered at T.C. Jester Park in Houston for a rally Aug. 9, 2018, about the county's proposed flood bond. (John Treadgold/KPRC)

HOUSTON – Federal, state and local officials held a rally Thursday as early voting is underway for the county’s flood bond proposal.

Harris County Judge Ed Emmett headlined the event at T.C. Jester Park that was aimed at garnering support for the proposed $2.5 billion bond.

The money will finance about 150 projects over a 10- to 15-year period aimed at reducing flooding risks throughout the county.

A recent University of Houston survey found that 55 percent of respondents said they will vote for the measure while 10 percent said they would vote against. About 35 percent said they were unsure.

Early voting runs until Aug. 21.

The bond election is set for Aug. 25 -- the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall.

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