HOUSTON – Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner are reportedly at odds about the plan to administer all flood recovery funds by the state. An Abbott spokesperson said, “Houston and Harris County have proven that they are unable to ensure victims are receiving resources in a timely manner,” John Wittman said Friday. At stake is $4 Billion allocated to Texas by FEMA.
“The city will receive a direct allocation of $60 million of these flood mitigation funds and we are moving ahead with projects that will protect the lives and property of Houstonians. The city will continue to work closely with the General Land Office, including an effort by Houston and Harris County to receive $2 billion of the next $4 billion, reflecting the damage done by Harvey to our local communities.
On Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at 8:30 AM, at the Houston Police Department’s East Freeway Storefront, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia provided district and legislative updates.
North Channel Star writer Allan Jamail, covering the meeting, asked Congresswoman Garcia to explain her supporting of the current impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Garcia replied, “When I got elected to go to Washington I never expected to be involved in an impeachment process of a president. Almost every day I hear the President say or do something shocking to me. But the last straw for me was when in a phone call he asked a foreign country to interfere with our elections and to help him get re-elected. That’s a violation of our laws and can’t be tolerated; no one is above the law, not President Trump or any other president.”
“In my life I have taken the oath of office about 15 or more times to protect and defend our Constitution from both foreign and domestic violators. It’s my duty to support the investigation of President Trump, for it’s been alleged that in a phone call he asked a foreign country’s new President, Volodymyr Zelenskiy of Ukraine, for political help. This is not about partisan politics; it’s about our rule of law getting violated,” Garcia stated.
As of this writing, four new national polls released in the past two days show at least 50 percent of respondents support the House impeachment inquiry, which was triggered by a whistleblower’s complaint against Trump over his repeated requests for Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son. Biden is the leading Democrat who could be the most likely Democratic Party’s presidential candidate challenging Trump’s reelection in 2020.
The Harris County Flood Control District and one of its federal partners, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), signed a partnership agreement for flood damage reduction improvement projects in the Armand Bayou, Greens Bayou, and White Oak Bayou watersheds. The agreement will fund a $28 million pilot project to restore the natural floodplain and to reduce flooding risks in the project areas.
“Through our conservation programs, NRCS can help communities address serious and long-lasting damages as a result of natural disasters,” said Kristy Oates, NRCS acting state conservationist for Texas. “This pilot project allows NRCS and the Harris County Flood Control District to cooperatively restore floodplains while mitigating flood risks.”
The agreement was approved by Harris County Commissioners Court on October 8, 2019 and jointly signed thereafter.
“This partnership is yet another important step we are taking to build a more resilient Harris County,” said Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.
From the Imelda Survey and the recent Community Forum, the Aldine area is showing as one of the hardest impacted areas within Harris County. To date, 324 families have registered as impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda. In order to offer much-needed support of impacted residents in the Aldine area, starting Monday, October 7th, 2019 for three days a week, we are standing up as a NRC (LRC) at the BakerRipley East Aldine Community Center.
We will be serving the Aldine area to include, but not limited to, zip codes 77093, 77060, 77037, and 77039. Staff will be helping residents complete the Imelda survey and providing general informational handouts about resources. Currently, resources are limited so the main task is to have them complete the survey if they have not.
American Red Cross and Harris County Community Services Department will be onsite.
We are trying to get a legal partner to join us.
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