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Texas Water Development Board approves $150,000 to the City of Ivanhoe (Tyler County) for a Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery project

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AUSTIN – (April 22, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $150,000 in loan forgiveness from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the City of Ivanhoe (Tyler County). The City will use the assistance to finance planning, design, and construction costs associated with a Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery project.

In February 2020, the TWDB committed funding to the City to improve its stormwater management through the installation of enlarged culverts, an elevated road surface, and guard rails to help prevent road flooding. The project need resulted from damages sustained by the Ivanhoe Dam during Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

With the funding approved today, the City will address erosion, a sinkhole at the project site that developed in January 2021, and anticipated increased construction costs.

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.