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Texas Water Development Board approves $125,000 to the City of Cameron (Milam County) for a flood mitigation project

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

AUSTIN – (August 19, 2021) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $125,000 in grant funding for the City of Cameron (Milam County). The City will use the assistance from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for the planning of a flood mitigation project.

The City’s intake pump station is located on a river oxbow and faces being cut off from the river flow because of significant erosion caused by recent high-flow events. With the financial assistance approved today, the City plans to replace the channel dam, raw water intake, and pump station with a new facility upstream of the oxbow. This will secure the City’s drinking water supply and make the facility resilient to future storms and flooding, even if the storms change the course of the Little River.

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

Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, 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.