Congressmen Al Green and Gene Green Introduce Legislation to Fully Fund Houston Area Army Corp Flood Control Construction Projects


Houston, TX – (RealEstateRama) — On Thursday, April 21, 2016, Congressmen Al Green (TX-09) and Gene Green (TX-29) introduced H.R. 5025, the 2016 Tax Day Floods Supplemental Funding Act, which would appropriate $311 million for Army Corps flood control construction projects in the Houston area. The legislation would fund the projects using supplemental appropriations until 2026, and return any funds not used on these projects to the U.S. Treasury.

“As we have seen in the Houston area in the aftermath of the 2016 Tax Day Floods, there is still much more work to be done to increase the capacity of our bayous,” Congressman Al Green said. “Reducing the risk will save lives as well as mitigate the severity of flood damage to our homes, neighborhoods, and businesses. Fully funding Army Corps flood control construction projects, such that their completion can be expedited, should go a long way toward reducing the risk caused by floods, but not eliminating the risk of floods. Securing the necessary funding for flood control projects in my capacity as a Member of Congress will remain a top priority of mine.”

If signed into law, the legislation would provide vital funding for the completion of flood control projects, such as the project to widen Brays Bayou. Completion of Army Corps flood control projects would provide much-needed relief to Houstonians, including but not limited to residents who suffered through the 2015 Memorial Day Flood and the recent 2016 Tax Day Floods.

“This historic rainfall is the latest example of how damaging flooding can be to our area. The good news is we that have the ability to control the flooding and mitigate the damage to our neighborhoods and communities. Now we just need to fund the flood control projects,” Congressman Gene Green said. “I am proud to be an original co-sponsor of the 2016 Tax Day Floods Supplemental Funding Act because it would provide adequate funding for our bayous and waterways. Not only will this funding complete our bayou system, it will prevent potential future loss of life and damages. I will work with my colleagues in Congress and the Administration to move forward with funding and repairs as quickly as possible.”


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