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New flood control project could alleviate 11,000 homes from future flooding

New flood control project could alleviate 11,000 homes from future flooding

Pine Forest City Council have worked on a project that could have a big impact to the drainage in Hurricane Harvey, says Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Singleton.

"If we can do this project, hopefully we won't need flood insurance," says Singleton.

The project would use existing sand pits as detention ponds, and put a series of channels and locks in between those ponds to control the flow into the Neches River.

"You're not going to stop (Harvey), but if we can stop an 8 to 10 inch rain flooding our houses, we've succeeded in what we're doing," says Singleton.

The council is looking to receive a $60 million grant for the project. Singleton says they received approval from Orange County commissioners, and are in talks with state officials to get the project underway.

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