Promoting smart infrastructure projects to manage the threat of flooding and demanding the state does its part when disaster strikes.

Hurricane Harvey, the Tax and Memorial Day floods, and more recently the Fourth of July flood starkly expose the inadequacy of our city’s infrastructure and flood prevention policies. Houston still remains utterly unprepared for a worst-case scenario. We cannot afford to wait until the next hurricane or torrential rainstorm hits – the Texas Legislature needs to be taking actions now to make our communities better prepared and our families safer from future disasters.

To start, we must address Houston’s rapid expansion and unchecked development that is causing land that once soaked up floodwaters to disappear, and worsening the danger posed by flooding. We cannot continue along this path of rampant urban expansion without building new reservoirs and investing in new, smart infrastructure projects to improve water flow and prevent future flooding.

But when disaster inevitably does strike, state officials must step up r to bring State resources to the table including funds from the Texas Rainy Day Fund, currently holding almost $12 billion of our excess state revenues. Harris, Fort Bend and Brazoria Counties represent a large segment of the state tax revenues and deserve to have these funds reinvested in our communities.