On the one-year anniversary of hurricane Harvey, Harris County voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 billion flood relief bond that will get 230 flood mitigation projects underway. Well, only 150,000 of our 2.3 million registered voters actually made it to the polls. In a potential sign of the End Times, that's 6.66 percent of all Harris County voters, 85 percent of whom voted in favor of the bond.
The bond will fund 230-plus flood mitigation projects through property taxes over the next 10 to 15 years—including much-needed infrastructure repairs, voluntary house buybacks, and upgrades to the Harris County Flood Warning System—as well as through $2 billion in federal matching funds.
So what's next? According to the Chron, the flood control district is planning to add 50 to 70 additional staff members to administer the projects, update its website, and award contracts. Tomorrow, Commissioners Court will likely approve 16 flood control district projects to get the ball rolling. It's a start, but experts believe it will take more like $25 to $30 billion to address the major fixes needed for Harris County to achieve a 100-year floodplain.
Read more about the flood bond at hcfcd.org/bond-program.