West Houston Association Discusses Flood Control Plan at October Katy Area EDC General Assembly

One of the Katy area’s newest master-planned communities, Cane Island, played host to the October Katy Area Economic Development Council (EDC) General Assembly meeting on Tuesday, October 17th.  Throughout the Katy area and the entire Houston region, the topic of flood control has been a key subject of discussion following the events of Hurricane Harvey.  Auggie Campbell, President and CEO of West Houston Association (WHA), was on hand to share information about the West Houston Association’s Hurricane Harvey Response Plan for mitigating flooding in the west Houston area, which encompasses the Katy area.

The plan, which was developed by the WHA Flood, Wetlands and Drainage Committee, focuses on several key areas including improving bayous, better conveyance of water, and improving reservoirs and reservoir capacity.  The plan also focuses on improving programs to buy out homes which have experienced repetitive flooding events.  Notably, the plan calls for the construction of a third reservoir referred to as the Cypress Creek Reservoir which would be located north of I-10 between Grand Parkway and 290 in the Cypress area.  According to estimates presented, the total cost for the plan would be in the $30 billion range with a goal of deriving a large portion of the funding from congressional action and the federal government. Katy Area EDC serves on the WHA Flood, Wetlands and Drainage Committee and assisted with the planning process.

In support of the response plan, which was presented at the meeting, Katy Area EDC recently passed a resolution backing the plan. “Improving flood control throughout the entire Houston region is paramount to the continued vitality of our economy,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour.  “We look forward to working with West Houston Association to advocate for flood mitigation and prevention projects.”

Katy Area EDC members recognized for membership renewals included Board of Governors member Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union and Strategic Partner PepperLawson Construction.  Associate members renewing in October included Allegiance Bank Texas, EastGroup Properties, Fort Bend County MUD #124, PetroSkills and Rise Developments.

Sponsors for this month’s meeting included Elizabeth Pratt, PLCC and CAPS – Citizens for Animal Protection.  Pratt offers law services with a specialty in employment law. CAPS, which had its sponsorship made possible through a kind donation by PBK, is a non-profit advocate for animals which rescues, shelters and places homeless animals.

For more information on Katy Area EDC, visit katyedc.org.

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