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Texas Water Development Board approves $1,956,400 to El Paso County for a flood mitigation project

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AUSTIN – (March 9, 2023) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved by resolution financial assistance in the amount of $1,956,400 to El Paso County, consisting of $1,780,000 in financing and $176,400 in grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF). The County will use the assistance for the planning, acquisition, design, and construction of a flood mitigation project.

In addition to the grant funding, the County could save approximately $1,500,000 over the life of the loan by using the FIF program.

With the financial assistance approved today, the County will construct approximately 1,240 feet of concrete-lined channel near the community of Canutillo, an area that is currently subject to recurring significant flooding primarily during the summer monsoonal season. These improvements will provide sufficient capacity to convey a 100-year flood.

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.