The 160 Texas counties impacted by the 2015 and 2016 floods represent 76 percent of the Texas population or 20.9 million people - a total population greater than that of 48 states.

 As a result of these floods, HUD has allocated $434.3 million in CDBG-DR funds to the state of Texas. Of that, the GLO-CDR will administer $313.5 million across 129 counties. GLO-CDR estimates a combined loss of over $2 billion in unmet long-term recovery needs when considering the impact of the multiple disasters suffered by Texas.

2016 FLOODING EVENTS

2016 Disaster - The 2016 flooding spanning from March to June resulted in three qualifying events for federal disaster recovery funds. The events caused severe damage across half the State, roughly 134,000 square miles - almost double the size of Louisiana and West Virginia combined. The flooding events were a devastating blow to many Texas communities still trying to recover from the impact of flooding from 2015. The continuous rainfall on saturated ground created excessive downstream flooding and record-breaking crests destroying agricultural areas and homes. A major business disruption occurred due to the closure of Interstate 10 along the Texas-Louisiana border, creating lengthy delays and the loss of a major transportation corridor. Thousands of Texans were forced to evacuate their homes and entire cities required mandatory evacuations.

Overall, the devastation of the storms led HUD to issue a “most impacted” designation for the counties of Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, and Newton.

2016 Disaster Timeline

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2015 FLOODING EVENTS

In 2015 Texas had two separate events that qualified for disaster recovery funding. Both events resulted from heavy rains and winds that caused severe damage across nearly half the State or 134,000 square miles. The May events occurred May 4 to June 23, 2015. During the first part of May, many locations across the State received well above normal rainfall, creating saturated ground conditions. When the Memorial Day weekend arrived, the saturated soil forced rain runoff directly into rivers, streams, and flash-flood prone areas. Certain areas of Texas saw more than 20 inches of rainfall in a matter of days. In total, about 8 million acre feet of water flowed into the State’s reservoirs.

Central and eastern Texas were also hit by dangerous flooding October 22 to October 31 when rainfall patterns converged with remnants of Hurricane Patricia.

In total, 116 counties were impacted by these disasters, with 19 counties being designated as impacted by both disaster declarations.

2015 Disaster Timeline

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OTHER DISASTERS

Along with natural disasters, CDBG-DR funds may be used to help a community recover from all types of disasters and emergencies. FEMA has created a disaster response guide, the National Disaster Recovery Framework, defining the following significant risk events: