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

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

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.