Brady gets Hurricane Harvey recovery update from Army Corps of Engineers

This week, I hosted members of the Army Corps of Engineers Galveston in his Washington, D.C. office to get an update on recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey and talk about ongoing local projects. Colonel Lars Zetterstrom provided details on the work being done to rebuild and to prevent similar results from future storms. Accompanying Colonel Zetterstrom were Colonel Timothy Vail, Operations Division Chief Joe Hrametz, and Deputy Chief Project Management Branch Sheri Willey.

I can’t express enough my thanks for the hard work being done by Colonel Zetterstrom and his entire team to help Houston and the surrounding area, including many communities in my district, to recover from the devastation we experienced when Hurricane Harvey hit our shore. They have been responsive and focused, not only in their efforts to facilitate rebuilding, but to prepare for future storms to ensure this kind of destruction doesn’t happen again.

“Texas is my adopted home, so helping my neighbors recover and try to reduce their risk from future harm has been my honor,” said Col. Zetterstrom. “I appreciate the close working relationship we’ve had with Congressman Brady and his staff, and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far.”

Colonel Zetterstrom is retiring in July and Colonel Vail will be assuming command of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District. Vail grew up in Spring, Texas and is a graduate of Klein High School.

It’s exciting to have someone from the 8th Congressional District of Texas transitioning in as commander and I look forward to working with Colonel Vail, just as we did with Colonel Zetterstrom. Colonel Vail understands the economic importance of the Houston area and the vital role the Army Corps of Engineers plays. I wish Lars all the best in his well-deserved retirement.


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