Bear Creek Community Flood Update
I’m writing to provide another update on what is being done to address the significant flooding that the Bear Creek community experienced last year. I appreciate meeting with the Bear Creek Community last fall and share your frustrations. While a resolution to this problem has not come as fast as any of us would like, as your Congressman I want to keep you informed and up to date about the progress that has been made so far.
The Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) has finished surveying the Horsepen Creek area. The data that has been gathered is being sent to an engineering firm who will begin development of a desilting design. The field survey for Langham Creek tributary and Bear Creek began on February 28th and should be completed shortly. The surveys gathered information about topography and other factors important to the desilting project and will help HCFCD evaluate various alternatives for repairing and maintaining the channels.
The surveys are projected to reach completion shortly and will allow for design work to begin shortly thereafter in the Spring For more information from the HCFCD on this project, please click here: Addicks & Barker Reservoir De-Silt Project
The National Flood Insurance Program is a top priority for the Second District and must be reauthorized by September. The relevant committees in Congress are beginning to work on this reauthorization. While this program is pivotal to communities that are at a flood risk, it is currently $24.6 billion in debt. To remain financially viable, the flood insurance program must be restructured.
Congress is working on a solution, and the preliminary plans allow private insurers greater and easier access to the marketplace, easing some of the financial burdens. Currently, private flood insurers have very limited market access. These private insurers are not treated the same as the National Flood Insurance Program especially when it comes to mortgage qualifications and other issues. Provisions to address these market access issues are currently under review as part of the reauthorization process.
I will keep the community informed on all progress as we move forward.
GOD and TEXAS,
Member of Congress