Bellaire flood task force to hold public hearing tonight on draft plan

Three months of intense work on finding solutions to Bellaire’s growing flooding problems has resulted in a draft plan that will be presented at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. today (Monday, Jan. 29).

The public will have a chance to weigh in at the meeting in Council Chambers at City Hall, 7008 S. Rice Ave., or can email comments to A copy of the draft plan is located here.

The Flood Mitigation Task Force was actually authorized by City Council in August last year, just before Hurricane Harvey unleashed unprecedented floor damage on Bellaire. Its scope was broadened beyond the initial charge to update the city’s flood planning to meet National Flood Insurance requirements that enable Bellaire property owners to obtain a discount on their rates.

The group has been meeting regularly since October, doing a post-mortem on flooding incidents and the city’s handling of them, including communications, emergency responses, and the options for regional action to mitigate flooding.

Other documents presented to the task force are contained in an “electronic notebook” that can be accessed here.

For more information, contact Shawn Cox, 713-662-8239.

Bellaire’s flood task force will present its draft report and hear public input tonight (InstantNews file photo)