More than two dozen community groups recently gathered at the Leonel Castillo Community Center to begin work on a master plan to address Houston’s flood preparedness and resiliency.

The meeting, sponsored by Bayou City Initiative, kicks off at noon. Bayou City Initiative is a nonprofit headed by Jim Blackburn, a Houston lawyer and co-director of the Sever Storm Prevention, Education and Evacuation from Disaster Center at Rice University.

Among the groups invited to participate are super-neighborhood councils, AARP, BakerRipley and the Anti-Defamation League.

Participants in the event at the community center, at 2101 South St., will be asked to help develop strategies and infrastructure improvements they believe are important in combating local flooding.

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