HOUSTON - After the recent scare of Hurricane Rita, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) has scheduled a public forum with Clay Haynes of the Harris County Flood Control District. The purpose of this town hall meeting is to update residents on the efforts being made by HCFCD to alleviate the threat posed to flood prone areas of Oak Forest and Mangum Manor.
“We can’t control nature,” Rep. Bohac said. “But we can take measures to lessen property damage. That’s why I have worked with the Harris County Flood Control District to make sure that projects on Brickhouse Gully and a flood detention basin are completed on schedule.”
Clay Haynes, senior project coordinator for HCFCD, will be on hand to update residents about the timeline of ongoing repairs to Brickhouse Gully and other maintenance projects concerning White Oak Bayou.
“We sustained a lot of damage to the slope paving during Tropical Storm Allison,” Haynes said. “We have been working on a number of things to repair and stabilize that damage to Brickhouse Gully.”
Many areas in the watershed experienced significant flooding due the devastating rainfall amounts brought by Tropical Storm Frances in 1998, Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 and torrential rains in recent years.
“We have had homes flooded in several incidents in the past couple of years,” Brad Young, Mangum Manor Civic Club president, said. “It [flooding] has affected more than 30 homes in our neighborhood and we welcome any flood abatement procedures.”
All members of the public are invited to attend the informational meeting which will take place Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Scarborough High School.
Brickhouse Gully starts near Gessner and Clay Road and runs east between Clay (43rd Street) and Kempwood (34th Street) until it intersects White Oak Bayou in the Watonga area. The 16-acre retention basin will be located west of U.S. Highway 290 on the northwest side of the gully.