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Texas Water Development Board approves $146,470 to the City of Lyford (Willacy County) from the Flood Infrastructure Fund for a project receiving federal grant award matching funds

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AUSTIN – (December 17, 2020) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance in the amount of a $146,470 grant from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) to the City of Lyford (Willacy County) for a local project receiving federal grant award matching funds.

With the assistance approved today, the City will acquire property for a stormwater detention area; construct a detention pond; install drainage piping and connections to the drainage canal; and install a pump station. The detention pond will serve as additional capacity, while the pump structure will increase flow outwards and prevent flood waters from neighboring areas from flowing into the city.

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.