Washington County Commissioners are remembering the historic floods of six years ago.

Commissioners approved a proclamation at their meeting today (Tuesday), declaring May 23-27 as Flood Awareness Week.  The statewide proclamation encourages Texans to educate themselves and their families on the dangers of flash flooding and river flooding and how to be safe.

Environmental Health Director Mark Marzahn said it is appropriate that the state recognizes this week, marking the time of one of the worst storms in Washington County history.



The storm system that struck Washington County on May 26, 2016 brought high winds and torrential rainfall, causing widespread damage and resulting in the deaths of four people.

Marzahn gave a reminder to always take extreme caution during flooding.



In other action today, commissioners agreed to issue requests for proposals for security cameras at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.  Jail Chief Deputy Eric Hensley said the jail’s current camera system is “way beyond its means” and costly to maintain.  He said the county will seek to purchase a new system with American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds.

The court also approved the appointment of retired physician Dr. Mike Schlabach to the Washington County Historical Commission for a term ending December 31st.  Mary Tom Middlebrooks, vice chair of the Historical Commission, said the organization received special recognition from the Texas Historical Commission for last year’s youth history camp at Washington-on-the-Brazos.  She said it plans to host another camp July 19-22.

Also at today’s meeting, commissioners:

  • Approved price increases from Waller County Asphalt and James Construction for oil and asphalt contracts awarded December 28, 2021. County Engineer Wesley Stolz said the contract with Waller County Asphalt is increasing the cost of hot mix asphalt from $60.67 per ton to $75 per ton, while the contract with James Construction is raising the cost of asphalt cement from $73.25 per ton to $82 per ton.
  • Approved a purchase order with Wayne Pool, LLC for a 2022 mowing bid for $39,657. Stolz said the bid is for two cycles of roadside mowing, with the first cycle beginning in June and the second around September or October.
  • Approved a position description for construction supervisor for the Engineering and Development Services department. Stolz said the construction supervisor is a change of position, not a new one, and manages assigned project work and liaises between engineering, estimating and workforce.
  • Received a preliminary presentation of section 2 of the Bluebonnet Ridge subdivision, a residential development of 50.898 acres consisting of 15 lots and two proposed roads located on Chadwick Hogan Road in Precinct 2.
  • Approved a formal notice from Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative for an overhead power line in the Rolling Creek subdivision on Rolling Creek Road in Precinct 4.
  • Heard monthly department reports.
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