Mayor's Office Press Release

Mayor and City Recovery Officer Applaud TIRZ 17 Flood Control Projects

September 9, 2019 -- Mayor Sylvester Turner and city of Houston Chief Recovery Officer Stephen Costello recognize the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone 17 Redevelopment Authority for improving drainage and reducing flood risk for its west Houston community.

The City fully supports the projects aimed at improving drainage infrastructure within the TIRZ as they demonstrate how collaboration can provide maximum benefits to the City. The projects include drainage work north of I-10 on a tributary of Spring Branch Creek, which drains into Buffalo Bayou.

As the TIRZ moves forward with capital improvement projects that will eliminate drainage deficiencies, the City continues to pursue federal funding for more transformational flood mitigation projects south of I-10 in the same section of Houston.

With support from the TIRZ, the City has submitted a Hazard Mitigation Grant application to FEMA for the construction of a detention basin and complementary storm sewer improvements that total more than $60 million.

As the City navigates through the extensive application review process, it will continue to emphasize the importance of these projects. They protect Houstonians while demonstrating how local agencies can partner to think outside the box, leverage recovery funds, and highlight Houston’s commitment to becoming more resilient.

Go to www.houstontirz17.org for more information.