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Millions In Federal Funding Announced For Houston-Area Flood Projects

Harris County is still waiting on about $260 million in flood control funding from applications submitted after Harvey.

Al Ortiz
Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey along Brays Bayou at Greens Road, in north Houston Sunday August 27, 2017

The federal government is set to distribute more than $40 million for Houston-area flood control efforts.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers outlined details of the new rounds of funding in its fiscal year 2018 "work plan" on Monday.

Locally, $18.5 million will go to repairs at the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, a project that was ongoing even before rains from Hurricane Harvey filled the reservoirs the record levels last year. Homes near the reservoirs and downstream in Houston's core were flooded as a result.

A flood control project along Greens Bayou in northwest Houston is getting more than $4 million. Almost $15 million will be used to reimburse the Harris County Flood Control District for ongoing infrastructure work along Brays Bayou. Another $2.8 million will go to routine operation and maintenance of infrastructure along Buffalo Bayou.

This month, Harris County received a separate $26.5 million from FEMA to purchase 169 flood-prone homes, the first round of buyout money from the agency's hazard mitigation grant program.

Still, a lot of post-Harvey infrastructure money hasn't arrived yet.

At a Tuesday commissioners court meeting, the flood control district's executive director Russ Poppe said the county is still hoping to get its hands on about $260 million for flood control projects from applications it submitted after Harvey.

"Some stormwater detention basins, some channel improvement projects, so we've got a good range of projects that we've submitted so far," he said. "We are still waiting on responses on a good number of our applications."

Separately, the Army Corps is putting more than $38 million into dredging the Houston Ship Channel, along with other improvements. Another $23 million from the Corps will be used to widen and deepen the Port of Corpus Christi, a project aimed at making room for massive crude oil export tankers that can't currently navigate the channel.


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