The Kingwood Area Super Neighborhood Council received welcome news Sept. 16 about progress toward achieving two long-term, flood-mitigation projects. One will reduce vulnerability from the south and the San Jacinto River and the other will reduce the threat from the north from inadequate land management due to expanding development.
Dustin Hodges of Houston Mayor Pro Tem Dave Martin’s staff announced the good news about the threat from the south.
“We have received additional funding from FEMA for dredging another 1,012,000 cubic yards of sand and sediment deposited immediately south and downstream of the mouth bar at Lake Houston and the west fork of the San Jacinto River. This is huge for the Lake Houston area in terms of protecting everybody from future flooding,” Hodges said. The current dredging is getting close to its authorized completion of 300,000 cubic yards of sediment removal. He also pointed out that U.S. District 2 Congressman Dan Crenshaw deserves much of the credit for getting this money approved by FEMA.
Kennedy Purser of Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle’s office announced the progress to mitigate the threat from the north.
“I have good news for Elm Grove with approval, finally, for the county attorney to authorize negotiations for an earnest money contract for purchase of the Woodridge Village property,” Purser said. However, she pointed out that this was just the initial step in the process to gain control and manage the land needed to mitigate the flooding threat from the north of Kingwood, especially in Elm Grove. She said, “It is all contingent on the conditions being met by the City of Houston, so it’s not completely done but it is good news.”
Full details of those conditions and more information about the entire process can be found on Bob Rehak’s “Reduce Flooding Now” webpage at reduceflooding.com.
Hodges said CompuCycle has agreed to resume collection of electronic trash on the first Saturday of each month in the Kingwood Park and Ride parking lot starting Oct. 3. Due to COVID-19 precautions, people bringing their electronic items to be discarded should put them in the trunks of their car or the back of their trucks for pickup by the people at the pickup point.
Maryanne Fortson said the Houston Police Department will not be conducting National Night Out Oct. 6 due to Houston’s COVID-19 requirements. However, Harris County Precinct 4 is planning to conduct a virtual National Night Out in its place. It will include online activities and nationally recognized guest speakers addressing community crime prevention activities as the physical National Night Out functions have done in community activities in the past.
“It will be Oct. 6 and we will get flyers and everything else sent out to the public,” Purser said.
The next Kingwood Area Super Neighborhood Council Meeting will be Oct. 21 at the Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive. If COVID-19 restrictions are still in effect, it will be conducted again using Zoom teleconferencing.