Southwestern Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Paul E. Owen and Director of Programs, Senior Executive Service, Mark L. Mazzanti attend a Flood Protection Roundtable hosted by U.S. Senator John Cornyn at Lamar State College in Port Arthur, Texas July 20.
The meeting was called to discuss the Corps of Engineers $5 billion plan for flood control in Texas. The funds were allocated through a Congressional disaster supplemental package in the Bipartisan Budget Act earlier this year.
Cornyn, along Corps’ project managers took time to answer questions from Golden Triangle mayors concerning planned flood risk mitigation funding. Phil Kelly, Executive Director of Jefferson Counties Drainage District No. 7, also provided an update on the area’s levee concerns. Also in attendance: Bill McCoy – President, Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Texas Plant Managers Forum Drainage District committee, John Durkay – General Counsel, Industrial Safety Training Council Mark Skobel, Plant Manager, Valero refinery and chair of the Southeast Texas Plant Managers Forum Drainage District committee, Shaun Davis – Executive Director, South East Texas Regional Planning Commission. Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick served as Moderator.