Recover Lake Houston

FEMA and SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by Tropical Storm Imelda

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to businesses, private non- profits, and residents as a result of President Trump’s major disaster declaration.The declaration covers Chambers, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery and Orange counties as a result of Tropical Storm Imelda that occurred on Sept. 17-23, 2019. FEMA Individual Disaster Assistance (IA) comes in a variety of forms for home owners, certain types of renters, and businesses in Harris County. The application to apply for assistance is open October 4, 2019 through December 3, 2019. 

Visit or call 800-621-3362 (711 or Video Relay Service available) or 800-462-7585 (TTY) to see what kind of aid is avaible in your area.

To learn more about the business loan application process

Many Harris County residents may not be eligible for FEMA assistance. For a list of non-FEMA recovery resources, visit



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Houston Transtar: | Facebook: | Twitter: @hou_roadweather 

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National Weather Service Houston-Galveston: | Facebook: @NWSHouston | Twitter: @NWSHouston


Harris Co. Flood Warning System

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The Lake Houston Area has been successful with Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts because of the engagement of our business community and residents.


We are asking that you help us urge our federal delegation to support continued dredging of the massive accumulation of sediment from the confluence of the San Jacinto River and Lake Houston, known locally as the “mouth-bar”. The mouth-bar poses a significant threat to our community by increasing the risk of flooding and downstream sedimentation.

Earlier this year, FEMA issued a mission assignment for the removal of 497,400 cubic yards of debris from the mouth-bar in response to an application by the City of Houston. However, the City of Houston’s application included a 47-page report including verifiable scientific data (as required by FEMA) to show the amount needing to be removed from the mouth-bar is close to 1.4 million cubic yards. FEMA has still not explained how the number of 497,400 cubic yards was calculated despite numerous requests from the City of Houston and area elected officials.

The removal of nearly 500,000 cubic yards FEMA approved has recently concluded and dredges are about to be taken out of the water in less than two weeks.

We are asking our federal delegation to request an additional mission modification from FEMA allowing for the final one million cubic yards of sediment deposited from Hurricane Harvey to be removed. Granting a second mission modification before the dredges are removed from the water allows the use of existing pre-positioned resources as well as an estimated savings of nearly $20 million for mobilization.

Read the history and get more information regarding this from Houston City Council Member Dave Martin. 

The Lake Houston Area Chamber supports efforts to request an additional mission modification from FEMA. We appreciate your attention and participation in our area’s recovery fight. When a community comes together with one voice progress can be made.


We are asking that you to do two things: SEND & SHARE.

  1. SEND a letter to each member of our federal delegation. Letter templates to each member of our federal delegation are below:


  1. SHARE this request with your contacts and ask them to send & share as well.

News Updates

Archived News

April 5, 2019: Houston submits application to dredge Kingwood mouth bar for federal approval

March 22, 2019: Toth adds funding request for Spring Creek reservoir to proposed state budget

March 12, 2019: SJRA, flood control district provide updates on pressing flood relief projects

March 1, 2019: Lowering of Lake Conroe during hurricane season gains approval again this year

February 13, 2019: Harris County awarded $2.7 million for San Jacinto River drainage plan

January 28, 2019: Conroe, Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District settle lawsuit over regulations

January 3, 2019: San Jacinto River Authority continues to release water from Lake Conroe following recent rains

December 6, 2018: The Temporary Lowering of Lake Houston has Begun

September 6, 2018: Kingwood voters were ‘political force’ on flood bond

August 26, 2018: Lake Houston area gets recovery boost after $2.5 billion bond passes

July 29, 2018: Support Proposition A because there’s no Plan B

July 25, 2018: Thursday is final day to register to vote on Harris County flood bond

July 22, 2018: County finds support for Flood Bond plan, voters decide on August 25

July 22, 2018: Flood-weary residents offer project ideas for $2.5b bond proposal

July 12, 2018: Dam gates, dredging are major topics at county flood bond meeting in Kingwood

July 12, 2018: Dredging specifically identified on the Harris County Flood Bond program as a potential partnership project

July 11, 2018: When it comes to DDG, we need all three

July 10, 2018: Bond referendum over DDG (dredging, detention, and gates) continues to be a pressing issue for all of Harris County

July 9, 2018: County Hosting San Jacinto Watershed Meeting Tomorrow at Kingwood Park High School

July 6, 2018: Texas needs a sand plan for preventing floods

July 2, 2018: Mining along river may worsen floods

July 1, 2018: Dredging of San Jacinto’s west fork to begin soon

June 27, 2018: New Location: San Jacinto River Watershed Community Meeting

June 15, 2018: City of Houston and SJRA receive approval from TCEQ to seasonally lower Lake Conroe

May 18, 2018: Kevin Roberts, Texas State Representative of Dist. 126 sends letter to SJRA President in support of the seasonal lowering of Lake Conroe.

May 1, 2018: San Jacinto River Authority creates a flood management division at April 26 meeting – Community Impact Newspaper Conroe|Montgomery

April 30, 2018: Post-Harvey: What has happened since Gov. Abbott visited Kingwood? – the Tribune

April 27, 2018: SJRA proposes lowering Lake Conroe up to 2 feet, on a seasonal basis – The Courier of Montgomery Co. 

April 27, 2018: Grant program to distribute more than $220K to Lake Houston area businesses affected by Harvey – Houston Chronicle 

April 27, 2018: Chamber officials lobby for Lake Houston Area during visit with legislators at Capitol Hill – Houston Chronicle

April 24, 2018: In Harvey’s Wake: Business slowly returns to normal in Kingwood – Patch 

April 17, 2018: Gov. Abbott: Dredging of the San Jacinto could begin next month – Houston Chronicle 

April 5, 2018: Letter of support from Congressman Ted Poe to William Long, Administrator of FEMA

April 4, 2018: Lt.Gov Patrick’s Lake Houston visit wraps-up Plea to See campaign – Houston Chronicle

April 3, 2018: SJRA takes on regional flood management, hires director at $180k a year – Houston Chronicle

March 29, 2018: Neighborhoods near Humble, Liberty could see homes flood again – Houston Chronicle 

March 29, 2018: Homeowners nervous about flooding as San Jacinto River creeps higher – KTRK-TV

March 29. 2018: Flood Warning: Homes at risk as San Jacinto River rises out of its banks – KHOU

March 27, 2018:  Temporary Reduction of Lake Houston – Councilman Dave Martin Press Release 

March 22, 2018: George P Bush becomes second elected official to visit Lake Houston – Houston Chronicle 

March 15, 2018:  New Flood Prevention Efforts in Kingwood, TX – Governor Abbott Press Release 

March 14, 2018: Abbott to discuss Harvey Recovery at Kingwood Community Meeting – Houston Chronicle 

March 7, 2018: Campaign invites officials to see  Lake Houston’s continued post-Harvey needs – Houston Chronicle

March 7, 2018: Dredging San Jacinto for flood protection a “priority” – Houston Chronicle

March 2, 2018: Dave Martin Schedules Kingwood/Lake Houston Area Town Hall Meeting – Press Release

February 26, 2018:  Significant Progress Made in Response to Immediate Needs of the Lake Houston Area – Dave Martin Press Release

February 5, 2018Lake Houston Residents Appointed to SJRA Board of Directors – Houston Chronicle

February 5, 2018: Governor Abbot Appoints Three to the San Jacinto River Authority Board of Directors – Governor Abbott Press Release

January 9, 2018: Preparing Lake Houston area for the next Harvey – Community Impact

December 19, 2017: Q&A: SJRA General Manager Jace Houston talks Harvey – Community Impact

December 18, 2017: Natural Resource Chair Lyle Larson Letter to Jace Houston

December 18, 2017: Natural Resource Chair Lyle Larson Letter to Gov. Greg Abbott

December 15, 2017: Dave Martin Encourages Lake Houston Area Residents to Participate in the Recover Lake Houston Plea For Three – Press Release 

December 14, 2017: City of Humble passes resolution to support Plea For 3 Lake Houston

December 9, 2017: Lake Houston recovery campaign relies on community involvement – Houston Chronicle 

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