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BACKGROUND


Flooding is an ongoing threat to the safety and well-being of residents across Harris County. In 1973 Harris County created the original Flood Control Task Force to address increasing flooding issues, and in 2020 Harris County Commissioners Court reconstituted the group into the Community Flood Resilience Task Force (CFRTF), to bring more community voice into those efforts. The CFRTF is composed of community representatives and subject-matter experts, to promote equitable, innovative, and nature-based solutions to building flood resilience. The CFRTF works to ensure the perspectives and experiences of diverse and historically excluded communities across Harris County are integral to the development and implementation of Harris County’s short- and long-term flood resilience efforts, including the Harris County 2050 Flood Resilience Plan.

The CFRTF serves in an advisory capacity to the Infrastructure Resilience Team (IRT), relevant County Department staff, and the Commissioners Court on Harris County’s flood resilience planning efforts and activities. They strive to promote collaboration among stakeholders and encourage equitable resilience planning efforts and flood resilience projects. 

FOCUS OF PROJECTS

  • Support holistic, innovative, and nature-based solutions to building flood resilience and mitigating flood risks.
  • Achieve multiple short- and long-term benefits for as many Harris County communities as possible.
  • Take into account the needs and priorities of the community and promote equitable community-level outcomes in the face of flooding.
  • Protect communities, homes, and businesses across Harris County from flood-related hazards.

  • HISTORY OF FLOODING IN HARRIS COUNTY


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    THE WORK


    The work of the CFRTF is carried out through full group meetings, two governing committees, and four thematic committees that meet regularly. The Executive Committee is composed of the Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary, who steer the strategic direction of the CFRTF. The Overall Approach Committee steers the overall approach and work of the County with a set of principles. The Equity + Metrics Committee tackles data and analysis of flood resilience through an equity lens. The Community Engagement Committee steers the way Harris County engages communities on flood resilience efforts and links neighborhoods to solutions. The Finance + Regulatory Committee tackles the need for solutions to funding and regulatory issues. Lastly, the Governance Committee tackles issues related to policies and procedures for the group.

    Within the past twelve months the Task Force has convened six official meetings, including a Special Meeting to discuss the 2022 Prioritization Framework per Commissioners Court Request. The four topical Committees have met regularly to establish their workplans and to achieve key deliverables. The Executive Committee has collaborated with the IRT and Facilitation Team to provide critical leadership in guiding the work of the Task Force.

    The seventeen members of the CFRTF are committed to serving the community and represent the geographic, gender, age, racial, and ethnic diversity of Harris County. These members are flood survivors, community organizers, engineers, advocates, and technical experts, working together to reduce flood risk for all Harris County communities.

    These members bring an expanded set of skills that are necessary for shifting Harris County’s approach beyond traditional engineering to the full scope of flood resilience. This full set of understanding—from qualitative and quantitative data to nature-based solutions, consensus-building, public health, and community leadership—allows the Task Force to provide holistic feedback on Harris County’s on-going efforts.