Sens. Cruz, Cornyn and Reps. Crenshaw, Brady Urge FEMA To Approve New San Jacinto River Mouth Bar Dredging Plan

Along with Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas), I recently sent a letter to Acting FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor requesting FEMA's swift approval of the City of Houston's new San Jacinto river mouth bar dredging plan.

While FEMA has already completed its initial debris removal mission, sediment brought by Hurricane Harvey still exists in the San Jacinto river mouth-bar. To protect Houston, Kingwood, and Humble residents from future flooding, it is imperative that the remaining debris is removed.

"The City of Houston recently filed a Project Worksheet (PW) for debris removal as Category A work under the Public Assistance program," we wrote. "We urge you to use any and all necessary FEMA resources to expeditiously review and approve the city's PW. Delay will only increase costs and prevent FEMA from fully leveraging presently available dredging assets."

Read the full letter here.

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