More than 500 people crowded into the Kingwood Community Center for a post-Harvey meeting. Photo courtesy of Jill Curran

Turner, Martin, Peña answer questions for hours

It was standing room only at the District E Harvey Recovery Information Session, organized by Houston City Council Member Dave Martin last week.

Martin announced the session earlier in the week, emphasizing that the meeting was an opportunity for flooded residents to meet with various assistance agencies. But Sylvester Turner, mayor of Houston, and Samuel Pena, fire chief of Houston, were at the top of the agenda for the more than 500 people who came to get relief form the ravages of Hurricane Harvey on the community. More than 3,000 homes in Kingwood were damaged or destroyed and many homeowners did not have flood insurance. 

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner addressed the crowd as Dave Martin, right, listened.

There were informational tables available for those that arrived early to the meeting to assist with any questions. Those participating included the Federal Emergency Management Administration, the Solid Waste Department, Public Works and Engineering Department (Code Enforcement/Floodplain Management Team), the Housing and Community Development Department, the Department  of Neighborhoods, the Houston Police Department, the Houston Health Department, and the Harris County Appraisal District. Martin also invited the Harris County Flood Control District but they declined to participate.

The mayor announced that the City of Houston was expediting the permitting process so that residents can get their rebuilding plans approved faster.

“The center is open now,” Martin said, adding that it is located next to the Houston Police Department substation on Rustic Woods.

“Dave Martin spoke, the mayor spoke and then there were questions … lots of questions.

“It was packed and I noticed there were so many older people and many I recognized that have lived in Kingwood for many, many years.

“The most important thing to me was the mayor said that building permits were going to be expedited and they opened a permit office in Kingwood ... I am so ready to get our home back together,” said Jill Curran, a local Realtor whose home was flooded.

Martin stayed until well after 11 p.m., talking to residents.

For more information, contact Martin's office at 832-393-3008  or via email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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