Congressman Poe: "The San Jacinto River Authority controls the release of water from Lake Conroe. The sudden release of water during Hurricane Harvey was done without prior notice to the affected community, to first responders, and to me. The lack of notice is unacceptable. The release of water is responsible for much of the flooding that took place down river from Lake Conroe, including Spring, Humble, Kingwood, Forest Cove, Atascocita, and other areas.

For decades, we’ve been responding to floods rather than trying to prevent them. All of the various government agencies and elected officials from all levels of government need to come together to design a long term plan to the issue of flooding and how to pay for it. To prevent this from happening again, some of the ideas that must be considered are: one or more reservoirs in the northwest area, dredging of Lake Houston and the San Jacinto River, and improving existing infrastructure at our current facilities. 

From a congressional standpoint, I am working with my colleagues to provide additional funding to help our communities rebuild, to help desilt Lake Houston and Lake Conroe, and to make needed infrastructure improvements. The immediate need is disaster assistance, and Congress is about to send a $15 billion funding package to the President’s desk for this purpose. This is the first of several funding streams to restore our community."