The Time For Talk Is Over On Southeast Texas Flooding Solutions, It's Time For Action
by Gary Polland on October 18, 2017 at 11:29 AM
"Study, delay, no money, not worth it, other priorities," these are just some of the excuses for inaction in regards to our regional flooding problem.
It's time to stop talking and start doing. Estimates by experts say around $20 billion is what is needed to make our region significantly safer from 100, 200, 500 year floods that seem to now arrive on a yearly basis. Now $20 billion is a lot of money, but not compared to the Harvey disaster which will cost us over $150 billion to recover from.
The experts tell us that there are projects everyone knows we need and can start tomorrow - price tag $1 billion - add a third reservoir, repair, clean up and strengthen Barker and Addicks Reservoirs and complete the Braes Bayou planned projects, currently delayed until 2022 due to no money, and start the buy back program.
The money can come from the State of Texas, our counties affected and half from the federal government.
It's past time our leaders step up to the plate and do what needs to be done now.
Failing here courts a voter revolt in forthcoming elections with a lot of career politicians being sent into involuntary retirement.