Army Corps Of Engineers Announces Nearly $5 Billion For Disaster Recovery Projects In Texas

Most of the funds will be used for the start of a coastal spine in the Galveston area

The Buffalo Bayou, which this file photo shows, is one of the waterways located in the Houston region which will be benefited by the funds provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The Office of Governor Greg Abbott announced Thursday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will give Texas $5 billion and most of the funding will head to the Houston region.

According to a news release from the Governor’s office, there will be close to $300 million for the Clear Creek Federal Flood Control Project. That project will create and enhance channels to move storm water from Clear Creek and Clear Lake to Galveston Bay.

There is also $75 million for Brays Bayou, $65 million for Hunting Bayou, $45 million for White Oak Bayou and $1.4 million for Buffalo Bayou.

The bulk of the money is reserved for Galveston, with nearly $4 billion being awarded for the start of a so-called coastal spine from Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay.

That is a project that has been discussed since Hurricane Ike devastated the island 10 years ago and now there is federal funding for at least part of it.

The Army Corps is also providing money to study other flood projects, including a comprehensive assessment of Houston’s watersheds.