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Houston Area, East Texas Get $42.7M in Flood Mitigation Funds

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Posted: 10-20-2016, 4:04 p.m.

by Adolfo Pesquera

Austin (Travis Co.) - The Texas Water Development Board on Thursday approved $54 million in flood mitigation grants, with most of the funding going to Harris County or neighboring East Texas communities.

The grants are funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for flood control projects. Almost $42.7 million of the total will be spent in the greater Houston-Galveston region. The lion's share of individual projectsd involve the purchase and demolition of single family homes severe repetitve loss or repetitive loss.

The exception is in Brazoria County where more than $5 million will be spent to construct concrete boxes and detention ponds to manage storm waters.

Six of the nine grants approved are in the Greater Houston area:

  • Harris County Flood Control District--$15,660,746 for acquisition and demolition projects
  • City of Houston--$12,364,111 for structure elevation projects
  • Montgomery County--$8,801,843 for acquisition and demolition projects
  • Brazoria Drainage District No. 4--$5,093,018 for a drainage project
  • City of Nassau Bay--$4,965,130 for structure elevation projects
  • City of Bevil Oaks--$821,338 for acquisition and demolition projects

Elsewhere, the South Texas coastal town of Port Aransas received $173,678 for a structure elevation project. In Central Texas, New Braunfels received $1,038,835 for acquisition and demolition projects, and Cedar Park received $410,803 for acquisition and demolition projects.

Seven other applicants requesting FEMA flood mitigation assistance were identfied as "not selected" or "did not meet Hazard Mitigation Assistance requirements."

In addition to the FEMA grants, communities are contributing approximately $4.9 million of local match funds. The Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program assists communities by providing federal funds for cost-effective measures to reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of flood damage to buildings, manufactured homes, and other structures insurable under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).

Project Descriptions:

Harris County seeks to mitigate 33 severe repetitive loss, 49 repetitive loss, and 7 insured structures by acquisition, demolition, and the conversion of the land to open space. The structures are single-family residential structures, and the owners have voluntarily committed to the acquisition and demolition by the Harris County Flood Control District.

City of Houston seeks to mitigate 25 severe repetitive loss and 14 repetitive loss structures by elevating the structures at or above the base flood elevation plus the City’s freeboard requirement or to the known high water marks. These are single-family residential structures, and the owners have voluntarily committed to the elevation of their structures by the City of Houston. 

Montgomery County seeks to mitigate 27 severe repetitive loss and 10 repetitive loss structures by acquisition, demolition, and the conversion of the land to open space. The structures are single-family residential structures, and the owners have voluntarily committed to the acquisition and demolition by Montgomery County.

Brazoria Drainage District No. 4 proposes the following improvements: 3,960 linear feet of dual 6’x 10’ reinforced concrete boxes along Mykawa Street to enclose the existing open ditch. The reinforced concrete boxes outfall into the existing Town Ditch Bypass via an existing 7’ x 25’ arch pipe. The project also includes two detention ponds. The upstream pond will be located along Cherry Street and will have 4.6 acre-feet of storage. The larger pond is located downstream of the proposed improvements and provides 50 acre-feet of storage. The improvements lower the water-surface elevation in the study area.

City of Nassau Bay seeks to mitigate 6 severe repetitive loss, 2 repetitive loss, and 11 insured structures by elevating the structures at or above the base flood elevation plus the City’s freeboard requirement or to the known high water marks. These are single-family residential structures, and the owners have voluntarily committed to the elevation of their structures by the City of Nassau Bay. 

City of Bevil Oaks seeks to mitigate 1 insured, 1 repetitive loss, and 2 severe repetitive loss structures by acquisition, demolition, and the conversion of the land to open space. The structures are single-family residential structures, and the owners have voluntarily committed to the acquisition and demolition by the City of Bevil Oaks. The National Flood Insurance Program has paid over $1,099,556.53 in claims for these structures.

City of Port Aransas seeks to mitigate 1 severe repetitive loss structure by elevating the structure at or above the base flood elevation plus the City’s freeboard requirement or to the known high water marks. This is a single-family residential structure, and the owner has voluntarily committed to the elevation of their structure by the City of Port Aransas. 

City of New Braunfels seeks to mitigate 4 severe repetitive loss structures by acquisition, demolition, and the conversion of the land to open space. The structures are single-family residential structures, and the owners have voluntarily committed to the acquisition and demolition by the City of New Braunfels. 

City of Cedar Park seeks to mitigate 1 severe repetitive loss structure and 1 insured structure by acquisition, demolition, and the conversion of the land to open space. The structures are single-family residential structures, and the owners have voluntarily committed to the acquisition and demolition by the City of Cedar Park. The National Flood Insurance Program has paid over $269,991.28 in claims for these structures. 

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adolfo@virtualbx.com


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Adolfo Pesquera
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Adolfo Pesquera is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.