Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle recently addressed residents attending the Hurricane Preparedness Program hosted by the Lake Houston Pachyderm Club May 13. The purpose of the meeting was to talk about the efforts being made to avoid or lessen the flooding of nearby communities.

“What are you going to do [the next time these torrential rains return]? I recommend prayer,” Cagle exclaimed.

The commissioner joked with all attendees that they could stop praying, because we have already had five 100-year-flood events.

“The floodwaters of the past week brought on 6.5 inches of rainfall in less than 45 minutes. Our districts and nearby jurisdictions are not built for that level of rapid rain,” he said. “Harris County has to act now to prevent future damage to our area. In fact, the number of people in our county is vast. Harris County has more people than the entire state of Louisiana.”

“The country recognizes Harvey as one of the most significant flooding events since 1900 when 6,000 people were left for dead on Galveston Island,” continued Cagle. “Hurricane Harvey left its mark on the dredging projects and much analysis has been done around the area since that date. Now we have what is being dubbed the Mother’s Day storm of last week. Rest assured I am working with several partnerships to ensure success of the remaining projects, too.”

The county judge, Lina Hidalgo, is contemplating a 10-year plan to finish all 237 projects, Cagle said. These projects include the San Jacinto River initiatives, Kingwood drainage improvements, dump truck additions, flood controls and many more. Cagle concluded by saying that the flood control district has put millions of dollars to flooding projects and he thanked the club for taking an active role and interest in the citizens of the area and the devastation experienced.

Cagle gave an update on several projects impacting the community.

“Thank you so much to citizens such as yourselves for ensuring that the right bonds are passed. As a result, we officially have 135 of the 237 projects underway in Harris County,” said Cagle.

For more information about Harris County Precinct 4, call 713-755-6444 or visit hcp4.net.