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Texas Water Development Board approves $1,185,079 from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for flood early warning system projects

For immediate release. Contact: Lauren Munguia at 512-463-2322

AUSTIN – (December 3, 2020) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $1,185,079 in grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for flood early warning system projects.

  • $328,125 to Bee County to develop a flood early warning system, including identifying locations and acquiring, installing, and testing all stations and equipment
  • $124,354 to DeWitt County Drainage District No. 1 (DeWitt County) to establish a flood early warning system that utilizes 12 stream gages to provide streamflow data and flood stage information
  • $48,100 to the San Jacinto River Authority (Harris and Montgomery counties) to install three new rain and stream gages within the county at sites identified as critical for flood early warning capabilities
  • $219,000 to Uvalde County to construct a self-supporting tower to collect and transmit data from the recently installed flood early warning system
  • $465,500 to the Nueces County Drainage and Conservation District No. 2 (Nueces County) for the installation of 12 to 15 flood early warning system stations at locations known to have repeated flooding and direct impact to public health and safety

The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 4, measures immediately effective in protecting life and property, of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category of funding was designed for projects that can be implemented quickly and are understood to be immediately effective in protecting life and property.

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.