A plan is afoot for large-scale, regional projects to improve the state’s resilience to hurricanes and other natural disasters, Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Friday, Oct. 4.
Abbott tapped Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to lead the federally funded $4 billion-plus “comprehensive mitigation” effort. Funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, under a community development block grant.
“Today we are pushing forward with the single-largest mitigation program our state has ever seen,” Abbott said. “Commissioner Bush and I are committed to working together in partnership with HUD and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to maximize the impact of this funding.”
HUD on Aug. 23 released mandatory rules for the use of more than $4.3 billion in congressionally appropriated funding to be administered by the Texas General Land Office. Funding has been earmarked for projects as follows:
— $4,074,456,000 for Hurricane Harvey; — $169,748,000 for 2016 floods; and — $52,985,000 for 2015 floods.
The overall total includes certain funds for 2015 floods to be allocated directly by HUD to — City of Houston, $61,884,000; and — City of San Marcos, $24,012,000.