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Texas Water Development Board authorizes $44.5 million in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants

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January 28, 2021

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Texas Water Development Board authorizes $44.5 million in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today authorized awards for $44.5 million in Flood Mitigation Assistance grants. The grants are funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and will be used to mitigate flood damages and prevent future losses. Eleven applications were approved by FEMA for this assistance.

The TWDB administers FEMA’s Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program for Texas. FEMA annually accepts applications for these grants.

The 11 projects receiving fiscal year 2019 Flood Mitigation Assistance grants include the following:

  • City of Corinth - $2,907,633 for a drainage project
  • Galveston County - $6,606,442 for elevation projects
  • City of Galveston - $150,000 for a planning study
  • City of Houston - $7,397,749 for elevation projects
  • City of Houston - $5,592,570 for elevation projects
  • City of Houston - $7,094,189 for elevation projects
  • Montgomery County - $10,076,167 for acquisition projects
  • City of Nassau Bay - $1,876,430 for elevation projects
  • Orange County - $1,003,984 for elevation projects
  • City of Pearland - $1,346,400 for elevation projects
  • City of Vidor - $429,159 for acquisition projects

In addition to the FEMA grants, communities will contribute approximately $2,875,244 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.

For more information on the Flood Mitigation Assistance grant program, visit the TWDB website.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,102,500 from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for watershed flood protection planning studies

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,102,500, consisting of $4,967,500 in grant funding and a $135,000 loan from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF), for watershed-based flood protection planning studies.

  • $1,125,000 to Bastrop County to conduct a regional flood protection planning study of multiple watersheds

  • $750,000 to the Sabine River Authority (Gregg, Harrison, Rusk, Smith, and Upshur counties) to conduct a regional flood planning study and develop a comprehensive model of the Upper Sabine River Basin with particular focus on Longview and Kilgore

  • $500,000 to the San Jacinto River Authority (Grimes, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller counties) for a planning study that will provide critical data and tools to allow a more regional approach to reservoir facility operations

  • $500,000 to the San Jacinto River Authority (Grimes, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller counties) to produce a conceptual-level design and define benefits and costs for two dams in the Spring Creek watershed

  • $375,000 to the San Jacinto River Authority (Grimes, Fort Bend, Liberty, Montgomery, San Jacinto, Walker, and Waller counties) to conduct a regional sedimentation study of the Upper San Jacinto River Basin

  • $262,500 to Waller County to complete two recommendations of the Lower Brazos Floodplain Protection Planning Study, including developing a hydraulic model of the Navasota River

  • $240,000 to Waller County to identify flood risk and flood protection measures, identify locations for stream and stage gages, and develop a flood protection plan for the Spring Creek watershed

  • $1,350,000 to the City of Brownsville (Cameron County) for a flood protection planning study of the Brownsville Ship Channel watershed

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 1, flood protection planning for watersheds, of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category of funding was designed to support studies that conduct planning of entire watersheds to better inform the development of structural and nonstructural strategies.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, the FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $275,658 to Cameron County from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for a project receiving federal grant award matching funds

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance in the amount of a $275,658 grant from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) to Cameron County for a local project receiving federal grant award matching funds.

With the assistance approved today, the County will address the effects of flooding in the Paso Real subdivision caused by the surrounding resaca. The project will remove overbrush in the resaca and convert it into a detention pond by constructing a weir system with a 48-inch outfall pipe to convey floodwaters into Cameron County Drainage District’s ditches to the northwest of the subdivision. The detention pond will protect and prevent floodwater from entering the subdivision and causing flooding of the residential structures.

The approved project is eligible for FIF funding under category 3, federal award matching funds, of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan . This category of funding was designed to leverage federal funding by assisting applicants with the required local match.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, the FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $114,240 from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for storm sewer and drainage projects

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance consisting of $114,240 in grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for storm sewer and drainage projects.

  • $25,500 to the City of Mercedes (Hidalgo County) for planning of a storm sewer and drainage GIS mapping and hydraulic study

  • $88,740 to the City of Bay City (Matagorda County) for planning of a regional drainage project

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 2 of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category of funding was designed for the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of activities to implement flood mitigation projects.

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, the FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $4,000,000 to the City of Diboll (Angelina County) for wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $4,000,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Diboll (Angelina County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with wastewater system improvements.

The City could save approximately $363,000 over the life of the loan by using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will replace equipment at its wastewater treatment plant.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $2,630,000 to the City of Rusk (Cherokee County) for water system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of a $2,630,000 loan from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Rusk (Cherokee County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with water system improvements.

The City could save approximately $471,000 over the life of the loan by using the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.

With the assistance approved today, the City will rehabilitate five storage tanks in its water distribution system.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

Texas Water Development Board approves $5,500,725 to the City of Sweetwater (Nolan County) for water and wastewater system improvements

AUSTIN – (January 28, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $5,500,725, consisting of a $2,400,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and a $2,187,000 loan and $913,725 in loan forgiveness from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), to the City of Sweetwater (Nolan County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with water and wastewater system improvements.

In addition to the loan forgiveness, the City could save approximately $975,000 over the life of the loans by using the CWSRF and DWSRF programs.

With the $2,400,000 from the CWSRF, the City will replace aging equipment at its wastewater treatment plant as well as deteriorated components of its collection system. With the $3,100,725 provided by the DWSRF, the City will rehabilitate or replace several components of its water supply system.

The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.

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