Guest Editorial: Bob Bagley speaks out on the federal flood study the Commissioners Court voted to support

Bob Bagley, Montgomery County Hospital District Board member and candidate for Precinct 4 County Commissioner.

Bob Bagley, GUEST COLUMNIST

I witnessed the Big Thompson Canyon Flood of 1976 in Colorado. After that flood warning devices were installed throughout the area. How many hurricanes and storms have caused flooding here since that time and what remediation has been accomplished? When we continue to do what we’ve always done, we continue to get the same results.

I have reviewed Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal’s letter wanting money from the federal government for a flood and drainage study. Isn’t this the same amount SJRA was wanting to finish phase 2 of their study, which left most of East Montgomery County without a study? Are we going to be putting yet another incomplete study together? Are they planning on using the SJRA study or start from scratch? How can they do a study for $1.25 Million for the entire county, when SJRA has spent more than that just on phase 1? Where did the $95.5 million dollar figure come from for flood mitigation? Harris County estimated $400 Million just to build a new reservoir, and that didn’t include all of the other drainage issues.

I still believe we need federal, state and local governments to get together in a conference room with phones and calculators, water and MREs and the doors locked until they design a plan, not engineer it, just a plan to fund and have accountability. Then they can press forward with engineering , planning and execution of that plan.

I’ve seen trees growing and dead in ditches that no one accepts responsibility for.

I’ve seen Plat maps that CLEARLY give the county the authority to have access to property easements to clear and maintain them for water control, but it doesn’t happen.

I’ve seen utility easements that have become like swamps because people are allowed to change the flow of water.

Who’s responsible for the rivers and creeks that have debris in them, blocking the flow of water, causing homes to flood?

It’s 2017. Why don’t we have flood warning devices and area alerts?

Bob Bagley represents Commissioners Precinct 4 on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery County Hospital District. He is a candidate for Precinct 4 County Commissioner in the March 6, 2017, Republican Primary Election. Bagley adds, “My years in Emergency Management in the Air Force gave me a great opportunity to work together with local, state and federal government officials as well as the community. I still enjoy doing it today.” 

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