AUSTIN, Texas -- State lawmakers want to ensure the state stays moving when the next storm hits.
On Wednesday a House committee met to hear from transportation officials about what is most needed to bolster the state's infrastructure after Hurricane Harvey.
"We want to make sure our system is as open as possible in order to get people out of an impacted area and to get people and resources into an impacted area," said TxDOT Executive Director James Bass.
Bass said the state's roads fared relatively well when Harvey's storm waters went down. There was only $110M in road damage statewide.
But after the widespread flooding, Bass said the agency is currently compiling a list of roads that could be raised, ensuring Texans have dry paths to safety when the next storm hits.
However, it's a solution that won't come cheap.
"Preliminarily I'd say we're looking at multiple billions of dollars," Bass said.
While federal disaster relief money is currently going to rebuild roads to their condition before the storm, Bass hopes federal funding might also flow to road improvements.
It also comes after Gov. Abbott lobbied Congress for $61B in recovery dollars for Texas alone. But for those in the Houston area, calls to build more than just raised roads.
"A third reservoir in Harris County would have prevented a lot of flooding," said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.
Emmett once again called on state lawmakers Wednesday to tap into the rainy day fund to pay for the flood control measure. He says his county can't pay for improvements with property taxes alone.
"We've got to be able to meet the needs of our residents. And we can't do it right now," Emmett said.
TxDOT leaders said the state's roadways fared pretty well after the water went down.