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Federal Financial Help On The Way For Texans Affected By Hurricane Harvey

The Texas governor is announcing $5 billion in community block grants, and another $1 billion in hazard mitigation funds

Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, announcing new federal mitigation funds for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The money announced by Governor Greg Abbott can be used for buyouts, home elevations, critical drainage projects and for other disaster mitigation. And Governor Abbott said mitigation is the key word.

“Now we have said from the very beginning that as we rebuild, we wanted to do more than just rebuild like it was before. We wanted to rebuild in a way that would reduce future risk to property and to lives.”

Abbott said about $500 million in hazard mitigation funds is expected to be available immediately, and the $5 billion in community block grants could come from Housing and Urban Development as early as next month. Federal, state, county and city governments are encouraged to submit ideas to help mitigate future flooding.

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