Many Kingwood residents were negatively impacted by the floodwaters that rose several inches within less than 45 minutes May 7 as well as during Hurricane Harvey.
Several of them came to the latest meeting of the Super Neighborhood Council (SNC) May 15 with questions about reporting damage and area projects. Business owners and county and city representatives were on hand to provide details of work being planned through various partnerships to avoid future upstream and downstream effects.
Beth Walters with the Harris County Flood Control District gave updates on ditch cleanup efforts with a map titled “Channel Right-of-Way in Kingwood.” The map showed by color the areas that were flooded during Harvey, became flooded in the recent storm, and where efforts are focused to ensure debris is safely removed post-storm and all streets remain passable, that each resident is educated on flood safety, and all water drainage spots are reported and cleared efficiently.
“If you know of trees or debris that need removal, drains that need to be excavated or cleared, or if you need to create a service request of this nature, [we urge you] to contact the citizen service call-in number at 713-684-4197,” said Walters.
Clarissa Perez of Houston City Councilman Dave Martin’s Office talked about the emails that his office had received requesting inspections of properties that have recently become flooded.
“I’d like to second the words of Beth Walters and give you an update on Hamblen Road,” she said. “As many of you know, this road was entirely washed away ... it has served as a main road in the Kingwood area. Public Works and the Houston Police Department (HPD) have been monitoring for safety concerns all around the location. The repair of the road and surrounding sediment began today and should take up to six weeks to complete.”
Comments and updates were also given by other city, county, state and education representatives, starting with Rhonda Sauter, division manager for the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods.
“As a key member of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Office, let me reiterate the need to call in anything that you see that is unsafe and have the proper persons or team come out and analyze or investigate,” said Sauter.
HPD representatives were there to make sure local residents are aware of the vast amount of vehicles available to assist during flooding, including boats and high-water vehicles. These resources were used to mobilize as the need arose during the recent flooding.
Kingwood Library Manager Ryan Fennell reported that the library is coming up on its one-year anniversary since moving back into the facility after Harvey. He said that the staff is ready for the summer reading program. For details about this program or any other activities, visit hcpl.net.
How Can You Help?
Join the City of Houston’s Adopt-A-Drain Program.
“Anyone in the community can help by adopting a drain and promising to keep it free from leaves and trash, especially before it rains,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “these are just small actions that can add up to make a big difference for our entire city.”
The mayor encourages Houstonians to adopt at least one of the 115,000 available storm drains. As Adopt-A-Drain partners, program participants are asked to keep their drain clear of leaves and trash by cleaning it at least four times a year (especially before it rains), clean 10 feet on both sides of the drain, and compost or dispose of leaves and trash properly.
To adopt-a-drain in your neighborhood, visit HoustonAdoptaDrain.org. By adopting a drain, partners will receive information and tips from the City of Houston and Keep Houston Beautiful and notification of upcoming Houston Adopt-a-Drain events.