An unusual Saturday election determining Houston’s flooding future
Harris County voters are heading to the polls on a Saturday, the date selected to commemorate the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey’s landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast.
There is only one item on the ballot: Harris County Flood Control District Proposition A. You can vote for it or against it.
The proposed measure is intended to fund 237 projects that will repair damage from Harvey and mitigate the destruction of future hurricanes that will inevitably visit.
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett tells KTRH News, “Any of us who went out on the streets after Harvey and saw the piles of debris and people’s lives lined up on the curbs said, ‘This is it. This is what we have to focus on going forward: the resilience, the flood control, and moving forward, so this doesn’t happen again.”
Officials aim to improve infrastructure in all of the county’s watersheds over a 10-15 year period.
Poll are open 7 to 7.