Washington Finally Provides Fort Bend Disaster Aid For Spring Flooding Devastation

Simonton Flooding from May 2016. Courtesy Ft. Bend County Sheriff's Office

 

FORT BEND COUNTY (Covering Katy) – Republican Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert is thrilled that federal disaster funding is coming to reimburse the county for the massively destructive flooding that occurred last spring. He’s giving the credit to fellow Republicans who worked to ensure the money would be provided.

“Fort Bend County is grateful to Senator John Cornyn and Congressman Pete Olson for their support in obtaining federal assistance for the damage sustained during the ‘Tax Day’ and ‘Memorial Day’ flooding events of 2016,” Hebert said in a letter released to the media.

Fort Bend County was not originally recognized as significantly damaged following the two major flooding events, and as a result was left out of the major portion of federal funding assistance through the Community Development Block Grant‐ Disaster Recovery (CDBG‐DR) in November of last year.

This funding, administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides Disaster Recovery grants to rebuild affected areas and provide monies to initiate the recovery process.

In January of 2017, Fort Bend County was added to the list of five counties as most impacted by disaster within the state of Texas. By inclusion in this list, Fort Bend County will now participate with Harris, Newton, Brazoria, and Montgomery counties in sharing the $141 million of the total $177 million allocated.

The General Land Office will have an action plan for allocation of this funding within the next 90 days.

“Senator Cornyn and Congressman Olson interceded with HUD and helped Fort Bend County receive financial relief. I believe their actions were instrumental in helping us achieve this funding and I thank them for their support,” Hebert said.

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