Lake Houston - Humble - Kingwood Edition | April 2020

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to furlough 14 servers, four bussers, four hostesses and three bartenders. “We’re not cleaning out BY KELLY SCHAFLER XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX XXXXX SUPPORT LOCAL JOURNALISM Please join your friends and neighbors in support of Community Impact’s legacy of local, reliable reporting by making a contribution. Any amount matters. Together, we can continue to ensure our citizens stay informed and keep our local businesses thriving. Become a #CommunityPatron COMMUNITYIMPACT.COM PATRON Local businesses, schools adapt to coronavirus restrictions

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Ocials said the coronavirus could have signicant eects on the Lake Houston area’s economy and employment rate. Data from late 2019 shows retail trade as well as accommodation and food services account for the two biggest job sectors in the area.

For the second time in 2 1/2 years, Assistant General Manager Rachel Wolfe had to temporarily lay o her entire front-of-house sta at Raa’s Waterfront Grill in Kingwood. The rst time came after Hurri- cane Harvey in August 2017, when the restaurant received several feet of water and had to close for more than a year. It happened again in mid-March, when all Texas restaurants were told to close dining rooms to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Wolfe had Is erum rempore storior ehendaest, simi, sinctem laboresto odisi o c tem ipsa atiunt alignitaquia pa veniaspi- enis asim aliquiam nam et ersp liat omnihilit, que ex etur re non porerro et fugiates audit, con plaborit quatur? S d evellac earcia vero blab incim excere ommosapis utem etur aut max- imus ut poste perumq idem ium- qui quam remporem. Milles dellabori dolest labo. Ficaect ecullandello bla- tatecto vent, ute natiorit quia idusan- dantio o cit aspicto tatius illa quam cum hari sa consequam verovid undit, ab iduciis sinusa plaborporum ullest, nobiscidus illorpo rerferrore cusaper natur, sit faccusciis sequuntotate debitisit o cat fuga. Ugitat quas aut BY XXXXX XXXXX

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muck and throwing away furniture,” she said of how it compares to Harvey. “We have electricity and water, but it’s just so devastating. Maybe not physi- cally, but the emotional impact on the community and the sta.” Eorts to stop the spread of the virus have caused large sectors of business to slow down or cease in the CONTINUED ON 17 fugitat aturibus ea simpos assit reptae. Et esciduciet re doloruptat. Maximost et facerrunti berum andam, qui deratiatis ullorro q ae sae v luptae doluptatqui dit earciist. Repeditia asintem ius ra et rem rent v lupta turior santinu lluptat iatiam ratqu s audae volupta tiissi ditae por- rum audi berfera epedic tem harumet a t odi enis aut pro ommosae vel minciendanti optatecum consequo bla consed ut periat voluptur? Quidunt elit que as ex estionsequi corrum evendi cus quis qui cus rese volor sunte nos reseribus, a di vel modipsae porporibus re volor. Dunt labor aut dolor rerum eliquos tiuntiis dignis anis nit qui optati omnite net

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Rachel Wolfe, assistant general manager at Raffa'sWaterfront Grill, had to temporarily lay off her staff due to coronavirus restrictions. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)

CONTINUED ON 19 Maximost et facerrunti berum andam, qui deratia- tis ullorro quae sae voluptae doluptatqui dit earciist. Repeditia asintem ius ra et rem rent volupta turior santinu lluptat iatiam ratquos audae volupta tiissi ditae porrum audi berfera epedic tem harumet aut odis enis aut pro ommosae vel minciendanti optate- cum consequo bla consed ut periat voluptur? Quidunt elit que as ex estionsequi corrum evendi CONTINUED ON XX The eorts are a response to a mandat from the Harris-Galveston S bsidence District to lessen groundwater usage and decrease s bsidence, said Al Rendl, pres- ident of the North Harris County R gional Water A thority, one of the partners in the three projects. Subsidence is the lowering of land elevation from the overuse of groundwater pumped from aquifers, which are water resources. Constructionof long-termwater projects continue inLakeHoustonarea BY KELLY SCHAFLER As multibillion-dollar water projects continue to take shape in the Lake Hous- ton area, residents living near Beltway 8 could feel stress on their roadways and water bills. The city of Houston and area water gencies are pushing forward on three proj- ects—the Northeast Water Purication Plant expansion, the Northeast Transmission Line and the Luce Bayou Interb sin Transfer project—that seek to lessen the region’s groundwater usage and use more surface water. Curbing subsidence quia idusandantio o cit aspicto tatius illa quam cum hari sa consequam verovid undit, ab iduciis sinusa plaborporum ullest, nobiscidus illorpo rerferrore cusaper natur, sit faccusciis sequuntotate debitisit o cat fuga. Ugitat quas aut fugitat aturibus ea sim- pos assit reptae. Et esciduciet re doloruptat.

Local residents have seen rising water bills, which are increasing to pay for long-term surface water projects. Whether residents pay for groundwater or surface water is dependent on the area. PUMPAGE FEES PER 1,000 GALLONS FROM 201520 PUMPING UP THE RATES

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NORTHHARRIS COUNTY REGIONALWATERAUTHORITY Groundwater: $2.00 to $4.25 Surface water: $2.45 to $4.70

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Groundwater: $2.05 to $3.20 Surface water: $2.45 to $3.60 WEST HARRIS COUNTY REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY

SOURCES: CITY OF HOUSTON, NORTH HARRIS COUNTY REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITY, WEST HARRIS COUNTY REGIONAL WATER AUTHORITYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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