In response to the article (“Residents, officials discuss county drainage woes,” The Daily News, Jan. 30): County Commissioner Joe Giusti is to be commended for hosting this workshop demonstrating leadership in an area of great interest to residents of Galveston County.
Drainage and flooding should be a top priority for every elected official from the city, county, state or federal level for Galveston County. Much discussion on upstream bridges acting as dams and proposed bridges on Interstate 45, also upstream development causing canal water levels to rise.
County Engineer Michael Shannon suggested “future development needed to be carefully considered to avoid putting structures in places that are prone to flooding.”
I guess that means Dickinson, League City, portions of Friendswood and Santa Fe are closed for development as our current drainage structure put most of the northern and western county prone to flooding. Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters was correct in taking issue with Shannon’s comment.
I for one, based on current poor drainage of the Dickinson area, would not live there if you paid me to do so. The mayor is correct in saying “There’s a problem and it’s not caused by what has been built in the city of Dickinson.”
The problem is Dickinson Bayou and Clear Creek’s restricted and slow flow rate drainage to the bay. All the upstream improvement to bridges, new construction development, retention ponds, de-bottlenecking are great, but all that water still has only two ways to drain to the bay, via Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou.
Water flow improvements to Dickinson Bayou and Clear Creek must be done or flooding will continue. Weber said, “There was talk of widening projects in Clear Creek, but Congress also has not funded that project. Also no money had been approved for dredging in Dickinson, and getting that funding was unlikely because it’s not a main navigation channel.”
I for one am tired of hearing of all the excuses, because the projects are too costly and getting federal approval for such projects is challenging. Do we have an elected representative in Galveston County willing to lead the charge and fight the battles to solve our drainage problems needed today and for the future?