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4/26/2019

 



 

  

  

FOR
IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2019

 

Contact: Jessica Beemer (832) 393-3008

[email protected]    

 

Lake
Houston Mouth Bar Update

 

Houston, TX
Council Member Dave Martin would
like to make Kingwood and Lake Houston area residents aware the Federal
Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) has authorized the United
States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to remove sand and siltation
from the Lake Houston mouth bar.

 

In
October 2018, the USACE began removing debris from the San Jacinto
River that was deposited during Hurricane Harvey. This project was
designated as a FEMA Mission Assignment (DR 4332) and directed the
USACE to restore the river to pre-Harvey conditions. DR 4332 has
removed debris from three out of four identified sections of the San
Jacinto River, and this project is due to be completed in May. The
mouth bar, which was identified as the fourth section, was not included
in the scope of work for DR 4332.

 

Last
month, the application for the additional dredge material disposal
site, as well as mouth bar removal, were submitted by the City of
Houston, for review by the USACE and FEMA. The State of Texas, the City
of Houston, as well as multiple stakeholders from the Lake Houston
area, requested expedited consideration for FEMA to authorize a Mission
Assignment for the debris removal and dredging of the mouth bar while
the equipment is still in the river.

 

At
a meeting last week in Austin, FEMA issued a directive of Mission
Assignment to the USACE for dredging of the mouth bar at the confluence
of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston. FEMA has been working with
TDEM, the City of Houston, and USACE to determine the amount of silt
deposited at the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston
attributable to Hurricane Harvey.  The calculation is expected to
be finalized next week, and dredging is expected to begin within thirty
(30) days. 

 

A
huge thank you to our federal partners Congressman Dan Crenshaw, Field
Representative for Congressman Crenshaw, Kaaren Cambio, Congressman
Kevin Brady, Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator John Cornyn for their
support as they have all been meeting regularly with FEMA and
discussing this project. Additional thanks to our local
partners, Jenna Armstrong and Mark Mitchell from the Lake Houston
Area Chamber of Commerce for coordinating another successful letter
writing campaign.

 

This
is a huge project for our area and it would not be possible without the
on-going support and push from Governor Greg Abbott and Chief Nim Kidd,
Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM), as well as Mayor
Sylvester Turner and Stephen Costello, Chief Recovery Officer - City of
Houston.

 

With questions,
please contact the District E office by emailing [email protected] or calling (832) 393-3008.

 

 

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Council Member Dave Martin City of Houston, 900 Bagby, Houston, TX 77002

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