hurricane harvey

Harris County Executive Director Leaves Current Position

Today Harris County Public Health (HCPH) announces the departure of their Executive Director Umair A. Shah, MD, MPH. Dr. Shah is set to become the next Secretary of Health for the state of Washington under Governor Jay Inslee, effective December 18, 2020. Dr. Shah first joined HCPH in 2004, as Deputy Director and the Director for Disease Control and Clinical Prevention. He was appointed HCPH Executive Director by Harris County Commissioners Court in 2013. “Under […]

Clay Road Community Center Halfway to Completion

Hurricane Harvey left eight feet of standing water in Harris County Precinct 3’s Bear Creek Community Center, rendering that facility inoperable and irreparable, and leaving Harris County residents short on a valuable space for the classes, trainings and community activities that take place in community centers across the county. The new community center to replace Bear Creek, located on higher ground at Clay Road near Barker Cypress, is now halfway to the finish line and […]

Mayor Honors Local Heroes for Rescue Efforts During Hurricane

Mayor Chuck Brawner, second from left, honors, from left, Doug Johnson, Pat Lester, and Lane Johnson for their rescue efforts during Hurricane Harvey (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter When Hurricane Harvey hit the Katy area in August, volunteers joined the first responders in helping their neighbors in peril, some even risking their own lives under dangerous conditions. Now that the storm has passed and rebuilding efforts are underway, the city is recognizing some of those “Harvey’s Heroes.” At the start of the November 13 city council meeting at City Hall, Mayor Chuck Brawner issued three certificates of recognition to Doug […]

City Bond Election in the Works as Engineering Firm Makes Recommendations for Pine Forest Subdivision Flood Protection

Mayor Chuck Brawner

By George Slaughter Voters in the City of Katy can expect a bond election next spring to pay for needed engineering work to mitigate flood danger. The bond will coincide with next May’s city election. Mayor Chuck Brawner said he was not sure of what the final figure would be, though he estimated it would be in the $10 million range. Of this figure, $3.3 million would be earmarked for the four recommendations given to […]

City Hall to Reopen Tuesday after Sustaining Water Damage from Hurricane Harvey

The east end of the first floor lobby at Katy Hall has stacks of boxes as workers remove drywall and begin building repairs. (George Slaughter photo)

By George Slaughter While the Katy city government continues to function following Hurricane Harvey, Katy City Hall will reopen Tuesday after sustaining considerable water damage. The damage is on the first floor, where workers have removed several inches worth of drywall both from the lobby area and offices. The lobby now has piles of boxes and office furniture in it. Pictures and artwork have been removed from the walls. The elevator is out of order. […]