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PD Hyatt

Great wish list, but it doesn't do a thing for the rest of Galveston County as it looks like it is for the north county only.... But speaking of the so called coastal spine, I do wonder where everyone thinks that money to going to come from? Our Nation is bankrupt and I doubt that our state and local areas can come up with that kind of money.... But dreams are good, even though some can turn into a nightmare!

Ray Taft

According to this article, League City is looking for funding for drainage projects within the city. And the city is looking to get County bond money. Where's the bond money for unincorporated Bacliff? Who's looking out for the Bacliff Villas subdivision?

It is not widely known that the Villas had such a devastating flood during Harvey. It is also not well known that the Villas has had a storm drain problem for more than five years. What is known is that Galveston County knew of the drainage problem for years and has not fixed it. In May 2012, the county completed a camera run on the storm drain pipes in the Villas. Mike Fitzgerald, County Engineer at the time, found that the drains needed repair.

For the past several months some streets in the Villas routinely flooded during moderate rain. Heavy rain caused flooding on most streets. The county knew about it, and they knew that the only way to stop the flooding was to fix the drainage problem. Lee Crowder, Director of Road and Bridge, stated so in his February 2017 email that he sent to me and to county officials.

Instead of using county funds, the county has been seeking FEMA approval to repurpose FEMA funds to fix the Villa’s drainage problem. Those FEMA funds have not materialized because the problem remains unrepaired. Nevertheless, the county keeps reporting that FEMA funding is pending and will now probably take shape in the next year. According to the county, FEMA was stalling. I contacted Sen. Cornyn in September. His office reported that the Senator was unaware of any FEMA funding for Bacliff Villas. Their opinion was that FEMA funds should be available, but that it was a county issue.

Property owners in unincorporated Bacliff pay county taxes too. Why didn’t the county use county funds? Where is the FEMA funding? Why couldn’t the county fix the problem before it caused devastating flooding?

Ron Shelby

At $120M for city drainage projects, that's a bond issue they can do and have their citizens, developers, etc... pay for. Not the rest of the county. Let's keep the feds focused on the spine project.

Carol Dean

Ron, did you move back to Texas or is that a mouse in your pocket when you say "let's"?

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