I received some excellent news this morning regarding the long delayed improvements to the White Oak Bayou channel. It appears that Harris County is moving forward with the engineering work needed to proceed with this project. The following item is listed on page 7 of the agenda for the Harris County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10:00am on Tuesday, March 27, 2018.
Our city manager is currently working to find out more about the timeline for this project, but this is a great indication that this project will be moving forward soon.
Update as of March 26, 2018: The Harris County Flood Control District has informed our city manager that if the project is approved by the Commissioners Court, the design process will take approximately one year and the construction will take an additional year. The goal would be for construction to begin on the White Oak Bayou channel in Jersey Village sometime in 2019.
We also won’t know how these channel improvements will affect our overall flood mitigation efforts in Jersey Village until the engineering phase is complete and a design is approved by the Harris County Commissioners Court.
If you are available to do so, I encourage you to attend next week’s Commissioners Court meeting to speak in support of this agenda item. The meeting will be held at 10:00am on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 in the Courtroom of the Commissioners Court of Harris County, Texas, on the ninth floor of the Harris County Administration Building, 1001 Preston Street, Houston, Texas.
Even if you can’t make it to the meeting, I encourage you to contact Commissioner Jack Cagle to express your support for this project. He may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact his office by phone at 713-755-6444.
You can review the full agenda, watch video of the meeting and sign up to speak in front of the Harris County Commissioners Court by clicking here.
Below is my e-mail to Commissioner Cagle.