Tuesday News Update
Houston-area officials have told a congressional committee they weren't aware of forecasts by federal authorities regarding flooding risks from local reservoirs that ended up inundating thousands of homes during Hurricane Harvey.
However, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says a concerted effort was made to ensure all information was shared with local officials and the public.
Local and federal officials testified Monday during a meeting in Houston of the U.S. House Homeland Security Committee about lessons learned from Harvey.
The Texarkana, Texas city council voted 5-1 last night to approve an ordinance allowing restaurants to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. The current cutoff time is midnight.
In other business, the council unanimously approved an ordinance authorizing conversion of 256 city street lights to LED fixtures. Using LED lights will save the city more than $24,500 a year in electricity cost, staff estimate. Based on those numbers, the city estimates the change to LED will pay for itself in four years.
NAMI Texas hopes lawmakers during the next legislative session will explore expanding the statewide alert system to apply to a specific population of people with mental illness who go missing. Current Amber Alerts let the public know when a child is missing. Silver Alerts apply to a senior citizens with an impaired mental condition like Alzheimer’s who disappear. However no system is in place for the at risk population with mental illness