Michael Moore calls on Army Corps of Engineers to
speed up fixes for Addicks and Barker Reservoirs
“The Corps of Engineers needs to move now and move fast.”
HARRIS COUNTY, TX – Michael Moore, the Democratic nominee for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 3, called on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – which has again delayed its interim report on the Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Resiliency Study – to cut its current timeline in half.
“As our prayers go out to all those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Laura,” said Moore, “we must also bring back into focus the job of making our region more resilient to destructive storms. Any fixes must include the still-dangerous issue of Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.”
“Our region cannot afford another cycle of more talk, a long study, more delays, people forgetting about it, a devastating storm, finger-pointing, and repeat,” continued Moore.
In 1995, the Corps studied the reservoirs and warned that 25,000 homes and businesses were at risk of flooding from storms much less severe than what we later saw in Hurricane Harvey. The Corps decided, in its own words, to “accept existing conditions and risk through No Action.”
In 1996, the Harris County Flood Control district followed up with a tunnel solution – a large conduit under the Katy Freeway (which was slated to be rebuilt). The study predicted flooding issues, like Harvey, for Addicks and Barker Dams if there was no intervention. That proposal went nowhere with local officials, including our current county commissioner.
Harris County can’t wait any longer.
“First, the Corps of Engineers needs to move now and move fast,” said Moore. “Its current projections include a 23-year timeline to fix the problem, if the fix were funded now. That timeline needs to be cut in half.”
“Second, our county commissioner in Precinct 3, where the reservoirs are located, needs to take responsibility for getting the job done and hold the Corps – and everyone else with a job to do – accountable,” said Moore. Voters will choose a new county commissioner on November 3.
About Michael Moore:
Michael Moore, the Democratic nominee for County Commissioner, Precinct 3 brings substantial experience and a proven track record of getting things done:
- Moore has been endorsed by flooding expert Jim Blackburn, who said, “Michael Moore is my choice for county commissioner because he is best qualified to protect our homes and families from flooding.”
- Moore was endorsed by the Houston Chronicle in the Democratic primary election. The Chronicle characterized Moore’s work on Houston’s response to Hurricane Katrina as being “on the front lines during Houston’s finest hour.”
- Moore served as Houston Mayor Bill White’s chief of staff, helping to oversee a general fund budget of nearly $2 billion and a workforce of more than 20,000. He was White’s point person for Houston’s response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike.
- Moore is the co-chair of Commissioner Garcia’s Senior Care Facility Coronavirus Task Force.
Learn more at www.MooreForCommissioner.com.