H-Town Day 2019 Volume 2


Russ Poppe, Executive Director, Harris County Flood Control District

Carries out it's mission to devise county-wide flood damage reduction plans, implement those plans, and maintain the infrastructure.  

  • Harvey galvanized the entire area, needing to do something about flooding
  • $2.5 Billion in recovery funds are just now getting paid out
  • Projects are in the hiring stage, with 24-30 month projects planned
  • Website to check out all projects and programs at www.hcfcd.org

Stephen Costello, Chief Recovery Officer, City of Houston

The Recovery Officer for the City of Houston engages on the mayor's behalf with governments at all levels, private and non-profit organizations, interest groups and individuals, as well as the mayor's staff and city department heads to ensure a rapid recovery from Harvey and other disasters and position the City to be less vulnerable to the next storm.

  • Projects affect multiple departments within the City, requires detailed coordination
  • $2 Billion damage to City's infrastructure that will be repaired
  • Inwood Golf Course is being dug out to retain water

Sheri Willey, Deputy Chief for Project Management, US Army Corps of Engineers

Oversees projects in a broad range of business lines including flood risk management, deep-draft navigation and ecosystem restoration. 

  • All projects have to be authorized, then they have to have the money appropriated
  • Are we better off?  NOT YET! But, we are more prepared. GET FLOOD INSURANCE!

Lauren Schmied, Deputy Branch Director for Hazard Mitigation, FEMA Texas Recovery

Oversees the implementation of mitigation programs related to the recovery effort for Harvey

  • 3 back to back disasters in 2017
  • City and County have both adopted higher standards for resiliency after Harvey
  • Encourage all to get flood insurance
  • Flood maps have to be completely redone.  First is Sims Bayou due on May 2.

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Local : Heights/Greater Heights

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