Harris County

FEMA Awards Harris County $51 Million For More Post-Harvey Buyouts

After the structures are removed, the land will be dedicated and maintained as open space to conserve natural floodplain functions

This file photo shows a Houston neighborhood that Harvey flooded in summer 2017. FEMA has awarded more than $51 million to the Harris County Flood Control District for the acquisition of 294 flood-prone homes damaged by the hurricane.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced Thursday it has awarded more than $51 million to the Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) for the acquisition of 294 flood-prone homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

FEMA informed in a news release that, after the structures are removed, the land will be dedicated and maintained as open space to conserve natural floodplain functions.

The HCFCD had already been awarded more than $25 million to acquire and remove 169 residential structures.

These awards, FEMA’s news release detailed, are part of a larger project to acquire and remove 985 flood-prone properties in Harris County. The overall proposed federal share is $163 million.

The acquisition and removal of properties is a part of the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The program requires a 25 percent non-federal match. The total cost of the project is $217 million.

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