HOUSTON — It’s been almost two years since Harvey, and after Tuesday’s storms, many are asking what’s been done to fix our flooding?
The county passed a $2.5 billion flood bond back in August, but it wasn’t until that money came through that so many of these projects finally got the funding they needed to get started.
Let’s talk about the one of the big changes: Brays Bayou. Twenty-one miles of the bayou have already been widened.
Half of the 32 bridges have been replaced or adjusted, and four detention ponds have been built.
The county bought 261 homes so far. It's land they will use for future projects.
Seven miles of channels have been repaired, getting them back to pre-Harvey conditions, and 13,000 dump-trucks full of debris have been removed.
When it comes to adding more volume, or space for floodwaters to go, the county has removed 440,000 cubic yards of dirt. That can hold as much water as 133 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Of the 800 individual storm repair projects listed, 250 have been completed.
And there's much more to come.
The bond calls for 237 total projects -- 135 of those are currently in the works.
That includes three more bayou widening projects for White Oak Bayou, Hunting Bayou and Clear Creek.
Four more of those big projects are being studied for Buffalo Bayou, Cypress Creek, Addicks and Barker reservoirs.
Crews are in the process of de-silting Cypress Creek, parts of the San Jacinto River and Addicks Reservoir, all to restore volume lost during Harvey due to the added sand.
So much is still being studied and Harris County is collaborating with other counties for even more projects.
If you want to know about a project being done in your neighborhood, you can type your address into their interactive map to find out.
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