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Better East Texas: Infrastructure in America

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It is probably one of the least glamorous topics on the political platform, but it is one that federal candidates all the way down to local candidates must address – that is the question of infrastructure improvements.

Like I said – not very glamorous. But the infrastructure across the state of Texas and the U.S. has been neglected for decades and it is now a critical time to act. These are roads, bridges, the electric grid, and a topic that has emerged recently – our dams and levees. In fact, that last category could be classified as a crisis as we have seen from the recent rains where dams and levees have been tested with some of them failing.

In many cases, the Army Corps of Engineers are the builders of dams and levees and in many cases, the servicing and inspection of those water barriers has been non-existent. Much of the time that responsibility can fall on landowners, many of which do more than eyeball the levees on their land. Add to that the fact that some of the levees are approaching 100 years old and you get the evidence of a crisis.

One of the lakes along the Trinity River in the Dallas Area has a dam that is at risk as well and if that fails, it will severely impact everything downstream, including our area of the state. Politicians don’t like to get down and dirty with infrastructure because most voters will never see the obvious impact of money and resources spent but it is a huge need and properly addressing it will make for a Better East Texas.

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