Some Texans concerned about zoning changes after Harvey

Win McNamee/Getty Images

In central and south Texas, an area the size of Michigan is flooded by Hurricane Harvey. The damage could exceed $100 billion.

DICKINSON, Texas - Some Southeast Texas homeowners have raised concerns about houses in neighborhoods flooded by Hurricane Harvey being changed from residential to commercial zones.

The Galveston County Daily News reported Saturday that some displaced residents in Dickinson worry that businesses will buy flood-damaged homes and absorb older neighborhoods.

Dickinson Mayor Julie Masters doesn't see that happening and says the city, 25 miles southeast of Houston, is trying to grow businesses and needs that to survive.

Harvey hit Texas last August, leading to torrential rain that flooded numerous sites in the Houston area.

The Dickinson City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a zoning change to make two residential properties commercial areas.

Charmaine Rea opposes the loss of neighborhood homes and says many residents whose property flooded have given up and moved away.

___

Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.