Storm Preparedness – From Council Member Abbie Kamin

The rain and storms we experienced this week reminded us that it’s never too soon to prepare yourself and your family for weather events. June 1 marks the start of Hurricane Season. We encourage everyone to finalize your emergency plan, restock your supply kit, and stay informed in case of an emergency.

For preparedness resources, click here.

The City continues to invest heavily in flood mitigation and storm infrastructure. Council Member Kamin spoke with FOX26 this week to highlight several ongoing and recently completed projects in the Southwest part of District C, and to spotlight new action by City Council this week as they approved the engineering and design contract for the North Canal project. This project will reduce the risk of flooding where Buffalo and White Oak bayous meet near downtown. It will also benefit upstream areas in District C along the two bayous, including bridge and channel improvements at the Yale and Heights bridges over White Oak Bayou.

While Council Member Kamin is advocating for even more investments in flooding infrastructure for the District and our City, it’s important for all of us to do our part in our own neighborhoods. Before a storm, there are steps you and your family can take to help with draining in your neighborhood. Please help clear drains before storms and call 311 if you see debris blocking ditches or roadways.

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It’s also critically important to make sure your flood insurance is current, even if your home is not located in the floodplain. Remember: just one inch of floodwater can cause up to $25,000 in damage. If you are a renter, you can still get flood insurance to cover things like furniture, clothes, television, computers, etc. If you need help finding flood insurance, you can go to www.FloodSmart.gov/find. The City also participates in the National Flood Insurance Program, which means you receive a 25% discount on flood insurance premiums if you are in the 100-year floodplain. If you purchase a new flood insurance policy, there is a mandatory 30-day waiting period before your policy takes effect – so do it now!