From the April 23, 2016, article, “Is this the New Normal?”

Mayor Sylvester Turner said he is going to appoint a “flood czar” to try to bring order to a planning process that too often is patchwork and inadequate. Turner stressed that a solution cannot be imposed from the top down by one governmental body.

“It’s a regional issue, and it’s going to take all the different partners sitting at the table,” Turner said. “What you do in one area impacts another. What happens in one part of town impacts people down below.”

Although Stephen Costello agreed to be Houston’s “Flood Czar,” he readily admits that he has limited power and scope, no staff, and no money.  We agree with Mayor Turner’s opinion that this is a regional problem, which is why it makes sense to create a new Flood District to deal with area wide flooding problems that are outside of Harris County Flood Control District’s purvue.  Let’s formalize the process and create a district that has some teeth in it.


Good Samaritans who were trying to rescue others from the flooding in the Greenspoint area last week were forced to take shelter on top of their truck after it got stranded on Seminar Drive. Photo: Michael Ciaglo, Staff / © 2016 Houston Chronicle