Ada Edwards, veteran Council Member District
D, chairs the Flooding and Drainage Issues Committee of City
Council. Serving with her are a mix of at large and district
representatives—Toni Lawrence, vice chair, Peter Brown,
Anne Clutterbuck, Adrian Garcia, Jarvis Johnson, and M. J.
Kahn. Their meetings, open to the public, are the first Monday
of the month at 10:30 am in Council Chambers at City Hall.
Assisting the Committee is a Stakeholders Advisory Group
(SAG) composed of lay persons and professionals. The Committee’s
work if divided into four (4) subcommittees—Regional
Planning (Brown), Funding (Clutterbuck), Public Awareness
(Johnson), and Ordinance Revision and Development (Edwards),
In addition to serving as a committee of the whole, SAG members
have joined these subcommittees according to their expertise
A major goal of the Committee is to reduce the City’s
CRS (Consumer Rating System) rating which affects flood insurance
rates. The lower the CRS, the lower the insurance rates. Edwards
feels that a major factor in achieving the goal is public
awareness. She expects to work with the Super Neighborhood
Alliance to initiate educational programs not only about the
cost of storm sewers and other mitigation techniques but also
the simple steps individuals can take to assist in flood control.
Currently under discussion by the committee are revisions
to Chapter 10 of the Code of Ordinances relating to flood
Edwards hopes to present a comprehensive picture and engage
citizens in the deciding what level of service they are willing
to pay for. Collaboration among various City Department (Public
Works and Engineering, Planning and Development), Harris County,
Harris County Flood Control District, state and federal agencies
is underway to identify the needs, the costs, and the sources
of funding. As this information is shared, citizens will be
better able to participate in a meaningful way in setting
priorities and establishing policy.