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Harris County better prepared for flooding after Harvey

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on August twenty fifth, 2017 and inundated Houston with historic flooding days later.

HOUSTON, Texas — It’s been 5 years since Harvey hit Texas.

Scars of its wrath stay in locations like 1945 Allen Parkway.

That’s the place rising flood waters irreparably swamped KHOU 11’s residence of practically 60 years.

“We had pals that truly got here and rescued us in a canoe,” mentioned Meyerland house owner Michelle Comstock.

Comstock’s reminiscences are triggered each time she takes a stroll across the neighborhood.

She sees houses which have been renovated, raised or utterly torn down.

“I think that there’s obviously a point where the homeowners and the families go, ‘we’re not going to put our family through this anymore,’” mentioned Comstock.

She and her household moved into a house simply two months earlier than Harvey struck that had by no means flooded earlier than.

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She’s satisfied the widening of close by Brays Bayou, which incorporates quite a few bridge replacements and sewerage enhancements, is already making a distinction.

“We’re undoubtedly seeing the drainage working,” mentioned Comstock.

Harris County Precinct 3 Commissioner Tom Ramsey, who can also be a civil engineer, credit a multi-billion greenback bond package deal accepted within the wake of Harvey with better getting ready us for the following storm.

“Fewer people would be impacted,” said Ramsey.  “Every storm, we study extra.”

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Using the hashtag #SinceHarvey, the Harris County Flood Control District is sharing updates on some 181 tasks on social media.

Those embrace every little thing from bayou expansions and new detention basins to the de-silting of reservoirs.

“So when we look at the scorecard today, five years later, every project has begun,” mentioned Ramsey.  “It’s in numerous levels of design, some building has been accomplished.”

All whereas many personal recovery efforts proceed to this present day.

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