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Houston Stronger Conference 2
Nearly a year after Hurricane Harvey, we held our second Houston Stronger Conference on August 2nd at Houston Community College’s West Loop Campus.
Follow this link to view our Live Video of the event.
At the event, our public officials updated us on what has been done and what is planned to improve the area’s resiliency. The program included:
- A panel discussion with Chief Recovery Officer Marvin Odum, Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe, and Deputy Chief Project Management at USACE Galveston District Sharon Tirpak.
- Remarks by U.S. Representative John Culberson, U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (invited) and Constable Al Rosen.
- Speech by Harris County Judge Emmett
The program was moderated by Shara Fryer, 740AM KTRH.
The May 31st Event Featured:
Melanie Lawson from ABC 13, as Master of Ceremony
An Expert Panel of:
City of Houston Chief Recovery Officer Marvin Odum & Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe
Constable Phil Sandlin
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett
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If Harris County voters approve this bond, a homeowner with a $100,000 house would pay $50 dollars for flood control each year. A homeowner would pay $100 each year for a $200,000 house and $150 dollars for a $300,000 home and so on. If we act quickly, for every dollar Harris County provides, the federal government can provide between two and ten dollars in funding.
Sims Bayou was the only major channel that did not overtop its banks during Hurricane Harvey because of recent improvements. This $390 million investment enabled Sims to handle a 100-year storm event, and the Harris County Flood Control District concluded that the enhancements paid for themselves in Harvey alone