At-Large City Council Member and candidate for Mayor Peter Brown today unveiled his plan to prevent flooding by tackling its root causes with practical, pro-active measures. Council Member Brown, who successfully fought to implement the city’s first Comprehensive Drainage Plan, built on his record of flood prevention with the release of his new plan: “Keep Us Prepared: A Flood Prevention Blueprint For An Even Better Houston.”
“I’ve tackled flooding and drainage issues my entire career and I know we can win the fight against flooding,” said Brown. “When I’m mayor, we’ll get this right.”
Councilman Brown’s plan has three main elements:
Invest in Projects That Work, to Reduce Flooding and Use Funding More Effectively. The city spends $50 million each year, distributed across many small projects, to combat flooding. But as recent flooding has shown, our current policies do little to address the major drainage issues. Instead of waiting for flooding problems to occur, Peter Brown is proposing a full-scale plan for maintaining our drainage systems so that they don’t fail at the first sign of a thunderstorm.
Coordinate Our Approach to Find Regional Solutions. Peter Brown understands that a regional problem requires a regional solution. Floodwaters don’t recognize political boundaries, so any successful solution to the flooding problem will require coordination with other cities in the region. The city needs to better coordinate with the various entities involved in flood prevention, and protect neighborhoods within Houston from irresponsible upstream development.
Engage in Proactive Prevention, to Keep Our City Prepared. Peter Brown wants to protect Houston’s families and businesses from suffering further losses due to flooding by improving standards, encouraging more flood-reducing development, and protecting our natural watersheds. He’ll also apply new, innovative technologies that empower residents to alert the city of poorly maintained infrastructure and give them the tools to keep track of flooding prevention efforts.
Councilmember Brown’s proposals will keep us better prepared to face the challenge of flooding with a coordinated effort and investments in the right projects. Under his plan, Houston will stay ahead of flooding: keeping us ready, saving money, and saving lives.
“I’m running for Mayor because we’ve got to face this challenge head-on. We can’t change the weather, but we can reduce the threat of flooding by acting now to make the right investments and find real solutions.” said Brown. “We need leadership with the experience, the vision, and the determination to get results.”