Ike Creates More Committees

In the first regular city council meeting after Hurricane Ike — Houston Mayor Bill White told council members he wants them to serve on special hurricane committees. Laurie Johnson has more.
In his report to City Council, Mayor White congratulated the city for ongoing efforts to clean up after Ike.

"Our city employees have been great. And they've been working extremely hard under extraordinary circumstances and we've seen a lot of everyday heroes out there."

The mayor then gave a status update on water...

"Two of our groundwater pumping systems are still operating on generators."

On clearing debris from streets...

"Close coordination with Centerpoint has allowed us to go back and clear those areas where we couldn't clear them, where there were lines down. And that effort is continuing."

And on traffic signals.

"We've made emergency repairs on 1,300 of 2,500 signalized intersections."

White says they have additional officers working the major intersections that are still not repaired.
He also says there are four areas he specifically wants council to focus on.

"Where I would ask the members of this council to serve on special committees, which hopefully have a very short life. Some may be shorter than others, but they may be eight-week committees and suspended when the need is over."

Those four committees will cover communication with city employees, incremental costs of Hurricane Ike, debris removal and traffic lights and intersections.

The mayor told council many other hurricane-related items will come up in other committees and meetings. But he wants specific attention paid to those outlined areas.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...