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On August 25, 2018, Harris County voters approved $2.5 billion in bonds to finance flood damage reduction projects in Harris County. Going forward, the Harris County Flood Control District will prioritize, plan and build projects with bond funding – and will provide transparent tracking of progress on those projects along the way.
Bond funds will not be available immediately and bonds will not be sold all at once. They will be sold in increments over at least 10-15 years, as needed for multiple projects and the multiple phases of each project. Status information about Bond Program projects will be available in the future on this Flood Control District website.
Projects also will be phased in, as appropriate. The actual timing of individual projects will depend on a variety of factors including any needed environmental permitting, right-of-way acquisition and utility relocation. Some projects are already underway or nearing construction; others are still in very preliminary stages, or require further investigation. Projects will be authorized individually for funding by Harris County Commissioners Court, based on recommendations by the Flood Control District.
Projects will be prioritized based upon a number of factors, including:
- Readiness for preliminary engineering, design or construction
- Availability and/or time-sensitive nature of partnership funding
- Clearly defined drainage issues and flood risk reduction benefits
- Benefits relative to the community’s population