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HOUSTON As this weekend marks the tenth anniversary of Tropical Storm Allison
KHOU 11 News looks at what's being done to prevent another catastrophe.

The storm brought 37 inches of rain to some parts of the Houston area and delivered one of the worst floods Houston has ever seen.

The first pass through of Tropical Storm Allison caused plenty of trouble in the Sims Bayou watershed. Some people needed rescue to escape their flooded neighborhoods.

But ten years later, much has changed and massive work has been done all over Harris County. On Sims Bayou, the 19-mile project just reached the area and is set to be finished next year.

It didn't help during Hurricane Ike.

If we would have stayed any longer, we could not have got out, even if we needed to in the case of an emergency, said Houston resident Charles Smith.

But that was three years ago.

They are doing some improvements and trying to help out. So it is a good thing, Smith said.

The project to improve Sims Bayou has been in progress for more than 20 years, and now it is nearly at its end.

The Harris County Flood Control District said, in total, it will remove more than 35,000 houses from the 100-year flood plain.

If you take them out of the floodplain, you don't have to worry about all of the insurance and damages to your homes, Smith said.

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