A bayou, by definition, is a body of water found in flat, low-lying areas with an extremely slow moving stream and/or a marshy wetland.
Jim Blackburn’s comment in the article ("Flood mitigation gets eyes, but few dollars," The Daily News, Nov. 23) “Politically, the window for getting federal funding for flood mitigation projects will most likely narrow as the latest natural disaster gets more distant.” Sadly, little was done after Tropical Storm Claudette in 1979.
Creation of detention ponds and basins with de-snagging projects along the tributaries to Dickinson Bayou will help. However, all that water eventually finds its way to Dickinson Bayou. Water flow improvements must be made to Dickinson Bayou or flooding will continue by “definition of a bayou.” (slow moving stream). Michael Shannon, Galveston County floodplain administrator, says there are no discussions to widen or deepen the bayou as in Harris County “because the projects are too costly and getting federal approval for such projects is challenging.”
Just because a project is difficult or costly does not mean it cannot be done when necessary. Thank goodness for the strong determination of the Galveston leaders after the 1900 Storm to overcome the challenges and cost to build the Galveston Seawall. We need hardworking strong-minded leaders today to solve Galveston County flooding issues.