Harris County Flood Control Looking at Buying-Out Some Flooded Property Owners

A flooded South Mason Road near Canyon Gate. Covering Katy photo

 

HARRIS COUNTY (Covering Katy News) – Since Hurricane Harvey dropped a year’s worth of rain on portions of Harris County over a few days, the county’s Flood Control District has been focused on recovery: clearing debris, assessing and repairing the drainage infrastructure, and reducing the risks of flooding in preparation for the next storm.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is the news that the HCFCD is also preparing a home buyout program for residents interested in voluntary buyouts due to Hurricane Harvey.

“The district is working with local, state and federal officials to obtain additional funding to help homeowners in flood-prone areas move to higher ground and to permanently remove structures from flood-prone areas,” said a statement issued by the HCFCD early Monday evening.

The Harris County Flood Control District has opened a new phone bank, open during business hours, to take calls and register homeowners who wish to be considered for home buyout.

The phone number is 713-684-4020.

Harris County has collected hundreds of new preliminary “notice of interest” forms from homeowners across Harris County who want to be considered for the buyout program, should funding become available.

For more details, visit: https://www.hcfcd.org/hurricane-harvey/home-buyout-program/

The flood control district plans a press briefing to provide more information on this program Sept. 18.