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August 25 Selected for Harvey Flood Bond Vote

Officials in the Texas county hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey are requesting that an August special election be set for a bond referendum in which voters could be asked to approve as much as $2.5 billion to finance critical flood-control projects.

Harris County commissioners voted Tuesday to ask Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for permission to hold an Aug. 25 special election.

That would fall on the one-year anniversary of Harvey's Texas landfall. Harvey's torrential rainfall made it to the Houston area a day later, flooding thousands of homes. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett says the bond election is about ensuring that the Houston area is prepared for future storms.

If approved, the bonds would help pay for various projects, including the widening of bayous.

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