GLO Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, M.D., announced yesterday more than $43 million in HUD grants for 44 infrastructure projects stemming from 2019 Disasters. The $43 million is the combined total of grants made to counties and cities stretching from the Rio Grande Valley to southeast Texas.
The infrastructure-project grants will help communities recover from the 2019 South Texas Floods as well as Tropical Storm Imelda, which devastated SE Texas.
List of Recipients
The funds will be used to improve streets as well as water and drainage facilities in:
- San Jacinto
- La Feria
- La Villa
- Laguna Vista
- Old River-Winfree
- Pine Forest
- Plum Grove
- Port Arthur
- Port Isabel
- Rio Hondo
- Santa Rosa
- West Orange
“Here to Help”
“Consecutive disasters have devastated communities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Southeast Texas, but the Texas General Land Office is here to help,” said Commissioner Buckingham. “These critical infrastructure awards will divert floodwaters away from homes, increase the resiliency of communities to respond to natural disasters, and restore peace of mind when the next storm hits.”
Texas GLO 2019 Disaster-Recovery Funds
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is administering $227,510,000 in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) related to 2019 flooding. This is separate from the $750 million in mitigation funding related to Harvey and Harris County.
Out of the $227.5 million, GLO allocated $61,430,000 in disaster recovery funds for infrastructure projects. They will assist disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure for local communities. The rest of $227 million was allocated to grants that help individuals recover.
GLO announced the opening of the application for eligible counties and cities on March 15, 2022. Applications closed on August 1, 2022. Each applicant was eligible to submit a total of two applications. All activities had to contribute to the long-term recovery and restoration of infrastructure.
The GLO recognizes that repair and enhancements of local infrastructure are crucial components of long-term recovery and viability of communities.
Plum Grove Drainage Improvements – $1,000,000
Tropical Storm Imelda released an unprecedented 3-day total rainfall amount of 28 inches on Plum Grove. That limited the city’s ability to provide an immediate response due to the inundation of flood water. As a result, this project will provide much-needed drainage improvements within Orange Branch Creek which is located in the middle of the city and runs from the northeast down to the southeast. The project will install culverts and restore roads.
Splendora Lift Station Drainage Improvements – $596,625
Imelda flooding submerged the Pinewood Lift Station site, as well as its emergency generator and electrical switchgear located at the northern intersection of Pinewood Drive and First Street. Loss of both primary and emergency back-up power led to a sanitary sewer overflow at Pinewood lift station. Vehicular access, including emergency vehicle access, was not possible because of the depth of flooding in the area. This project includes drainage and generator improvements at the Pinewood Lift Station.
Construction will include the following activities:
- Regrade ditch and install double headwalls
- Install reinforced concrete pipe culverts under First Street with road restoration and ditch regrading
- Install new natural gas generator and automatic transfer switch
- Install an elevated metal platform, staircase and skid for generator
Liberty Water, Sewer Improvements – $1,000,000
The project will provide for water and sewer line improvements located within the eastern side of the city along Beaumont Road, Minglewood Road, Glenn Street and Tanner Street. These should reduce overflow concerns for residents and businesses along these streets. The project will make improvements to sewer lines and water lines and remove and replace existing lift stations with gravity sanitary sewer lines.
Descriptions of Other Grants
For a full description of other grants in this batch, see the GLO website.
Posted by Bob Rehak on 3/22/2023 based on information from the Texas General Land Office
2031 Days since Hurricane Harvey and 1280 Days since Imelda