Katy Edition | February 2020

KATY EDITION

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Bobby Katsabas said low prices and good food are behind his 18 years of success running his Katy restau- rant, Snappy’s Cafe & Grill. “I have customers who have been eating here since I opened in2002,”Katsabas said. “Katy isverynice. They support me, and I support them. It’s an old mom and pop store. We still have the same people working here after all these years, and everybody knows everybody.” Conversely, various big-name and locally owned CONTINUED ON 28 Demographic changes, increased diversity play a role, experts say Katy-area restaurants seemore competition BY NOLA Z. VALENTE

According to a judge’s December order, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unlawfully took private property upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs to store stormwater during Hurricane Harvey. Corps liable for ooding private property

SOURCES: IRVINE & CONNER PLLC, BURNS CHAREST LLP CHARLES F. LETTOW DEC. 17, 2019, OPINION AND ORDER FOR IN RE UPSTREAM ADDICKS AND BARKER TEXAS FLOOD CONTROL RESERVOIRSCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

See the eect on Katy-area home values on Page 28.

Stormwater storage The Corps needed to purchase 33,785 acres to store the maximum amount of stormwater upstream of the reservoirs during major rain events, but it only purchased 25,052 acres.

Privately owned land that ooded during Harvey: Government-owned land that ooded during Harvey: 25,052 acres

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Katy is very global. Bringing in the South African and Venezuelan cuisine changed everything.

$1B-$5B Property owners upstream of the reservoirs may be eligible to receive billions in monetary relief.

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Casey Castro, Astor Farm to Table owner NOLA Z. VALENTECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Flood terms Here are the dierences between some key terms for ood mitigation. Flood pool: area in which during major storm events, water is pooled or stored Flood plain: areas at risk for ooding during a specied intensity rainfall event Flood zone: ood plains that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has dened according to varying levels of ood risk SOURCES: HARRIS COUNTY FLOOD CONTROL DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

I started to market Katy Asian Town in 2016. I [saw] the trend and growth in the area for Asian restaurants.

BARKER RESERVOIR

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Josie Lin, principal of Katy Asian Town

COURTESY JOSIE LIN

When you open something new in Katy, people will try you out. It’s up to you if you can keep them coming back.

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