Hurricane Harvey inundated America’s 4th largest city with over 50 inches of rain and impacted more than 300,000 housing units in Houston alone. More homes flooded in Houston during Hurricane Harvey than in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina or New York City during Hurricane Sandy. This is the third year in a row that Houston has experienced severe flooding resulting in a Presidentially declared disaster.
By itself, Harvey represents the largest housing disaster in American history, and we cannot effectively recover without federal support. This website outlines our requests of the federal government for members of the Administration, Congress and their staff, the media and the public.
Houston has come to the aid of other Gulf Coast communities in their time of need and represents an essential hub for American energy, medical treatment, shipping, aerospace, and trade. Working with our Congressional delegation, we need the federal government to come to our aide to help build a more resilient city that has learned the lessons of Harvey. Without flood mitigation, rebuilding dollars are just funding for future failure.
I invite you to read through this site and contact my Office of Government Relations with any questions.
Texans are still waiting for more than $4 billion in federal funding meant to brace homes and neighborhoods for future storms — nearly two years after Congress authorized the spending in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The money, likely still months from being released, was long delayed while the Department ...
It’s been a long two years for many people who suffered losses when Harvey flooded Houston. Now, there are more people in need of assistance following the recent floods from Tropical Storm Imelda. But why are people ...
Getting rid of a massive sandbar Hurricane Harvey created in the mouth of the San Jacinto River was supposed to be the first major Houston-area flood-control project after the massive storm. But two years later, much of the sandbar remains and the effort to dig out the debris blocking the flow of the river ...
The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday approved initial funding for a $131 million flood mitigation project that would cut a new channel in downtown Houston and improve several bridges over White Oak Bayou, allowing water to flow freely beneath them during floods. ...
The House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment held a hearing to assess climate change impacts and natural disaster preparedness efforts. Among the witnesses testifying on the first panel included former FEMA director James Witt and atmospheric science professors. The second panel comprised emergency management officials from Texas, California, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
Houston, known as the Bayou City, is no stranger to flooding. But the record-breaking rains and devastating deluge of Hurricane Harvey helped expose a disconnect between developers building on flood-vulnerable land and home buyers who might not have realized the risk.