Katy Times: McCaul pledges to help area with new reservoir
Congressman Michael McCaul huddled with Katy and local officials regarding a possible new reservoir to be built near Katy.
McCaul said early projects for the reservoir are projected in the $550-600 million range but added that is a project that was planned 1940 but was aborted due to money issues.
McCaul believes the project can be completed this time and when finished should help curb flooding issues in the area.
When the project was originally planned by the Corps of Engineers back in 1940, the plan was put in place to protect Houston from flooding issues. Now this plan is being revisited in wake of the damage that Hurricane Harvey placed on the Houston area.
"I was flying above when the controlled releases were done from Addicks and Barker reservoirs and that was just tragic seeing that water flooding those homes," McCaul said.
McCaul added that the federal government is working on buyouts on some of those homes in the area that were flooded and that where this new reservoir is planned there are no homes in the area that would have to be bought out.