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Posts published in “Day: September 24, 2019”

TROPICAL STORM IMELDA FLOODING PARALYZES HOUSTON

Homes and autos all over the county were inundated with high water in a short time. These motorists at Aldine Mail Route/Eastex frontage road were stopped by the high water. Authorities had to tow over 1600 autos to clear major highways.

20” of Rain in 24 hours; 1500 High Water Rescues

By Gilbert Hoffman

HARRIS COUNTY – Tropical Storm IMELDA never reached hurricane status, but it ended up doing more flooding than Hurricane Harvey two years ago, according to authorities.

The storm came ashore near Freeport on Tuesday evening, and by Thursday had dropped massive amounts of water on Harris County and counties to the north and east of Houston, all the way to Beaumont.

Motorists sought high ground, such as this gas station at W. Mt. Houston, as the water rose quickly and caught many drivers by surprise. At left, a high water rescue vehicle from the sheriff’s office takes some to safety.

The storm took five lives, three in Beaumont and two in Harris County. Authorities said a man drove into high water on Will Clayton Parkway in Humble, and another body of Rene Salas, 52, was found in a ditch near W. Mt. Houston.

Houston recorded as much as 10” of rain in a 24 hour period, and a total of about 20” in three days. Northeast Harris County, including Crosby and Huffman, recorded about 30” in that period, and a record was set in Winnie, in Chambers County, of 43” total for a storm.

Aldine student Jayden Payne was credited with saving this mother and child after their car went into high water in a drainage ditch near the school.

Many of the same houses and neighborhoods that were under water two years ago after Hurricane Harvey suffered the same damage this time. Many who were interviewed expressed despair and depression over this continued personal disaster, and asked why the government had not done more. Last year the county passed a $2.5 billion bond issue to improve the flooding situation, but County Judge Lina Hidalgo stated that flood relief projects took time to plan and build. Some detention ponds and larger drainage bayous are under construction, and the county voted recently to accelerate the schedule.

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Lone Star College-East Aldine Center celebrates dedication of new building

Lone Star College Officials and community leaders at the ribbon cutting of the new LONE STAR COLLEGE – EAST ALDINE CENTER.

HOUSTON – On Friday, Sept. 13, Lone Star College-North Harris representatives joined with community leaders and elected officials to celebrate the opening of Lone Star College-East Aldine Center in the East Aldine Town Center.

The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony and pronouncements from dignitaries to an audience of approximately 250 attendees.

Lone Star College – North Harris President Dr. Gerald Napoles opened the event with welcoming comments and introduced the day’s speakers. The dignitaries included the following Lone Star College representatives, elected officials and community leaders.

– Dr. Stephen C. Head, chancellor, Lone Star College

– Dr. Alton Smith, chair, Lone Star College Board of Trustees

– Art Murillo, secretary, Lone Star College Board of Trustees

– U.S. Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia

– Texas State Senator Carol Alvarado

– Texas State Representative Armando Walle

– Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston

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North Houston District National Night Out to host 500 area residents

When it involves public safety, the North Houston District goes all out! Join neighbors, businesses and law enforcement for Houston’s largest National Night Out, Oct. 1.

Approximately 300-500 apartment and area residents, local law enforcement, businesses and community partners including Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Houston Fire Department, US Army, US Airforce , AT&T, Amazon HOU2, Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, Lone Star College, Home Depot, Greenhouse International Church, Texas General Land Office, Spartan Security, Texas Litter Control, Madera Residential and Villa Serena Communities will gather at North Houston District’s National Night Out 2019 on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019 from 5 – 8 p.m.

The event will take place at Tom Wussow Park, 500 Greens Rd. near I-45 North & North Sam Houston Parkway/Beltway.

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Rebuilding Kowis Street initiates planning and design of the first Texas Roadway Project to seek Envision Verification

The Office of Commissioner Garcia and Harris County Engineering Department affirms their commitment to deliver sustainable infrastructure that enhances the economic, social, and environmental conditions in Precinct 2

HARRIS COUNTY, TX— Commissioner Adrian Garcia will kick off the design of the first roadway project in Harris County and the State of Texas that will seek Envision® Verification. The reconstruction of Kowis Street in East Aldine is intended to enhance the economic, social, and environmental conditions along the corridor between Halls Bayou and Precinct 2’s James Driver Park.

The proposed project includes reconstructing Kowis Street from the Halls Bayou Hike and Bike Trail to James Driver Park so that pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers using the corridor and the adjacent property owners and tenants will realize improved social, environmental, and economic benefits.

“I have directed my staff to work with Harris County Engineering Department to develop a sustainability management policy that includes commitments to achieving improvements in sustainable performance with clear objectives and targets,” said Commissioner Garcia.

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