The GLO has conducted a number of large scale studies in disaster impacted areas to assist communities in their planning efforts.
These studies have largely covered infrastructure needs, including the Texas Coastal Infrastructure Study and the Storm Surge Suppression Study. These studies along with additional studies conducted by the GLO’s Coastal Protection Division have provided a realistic approach to recovery that will mitigate damages from future disasters.
State of Texas Plan for Disaster Recovery: Hurricane Harvey-Round 1
In addition to enhancing the state's Disaster Recovery and Response Plan, the GLO has committed to the purposes of planning in the areas that received a presidential disaster declaration resulting from Hurricane Harvey, and the completion of some of the projects identified as a result of the studies. Because of the vast nature of the current disaster and the recurring nature of disasters in the region, the GLO will concentrate on regional approaches, in addition to specific local solutions, to promote sound long-term recovery. To provide an efficient and effective method of selecting and executing planning studies following Hurricane Harvey, the GLO will work with Texas universities and vendors to conduct studies with CDBG-DR funds. The GLO utilized a local community survey process that included public meetings, requests for information, listening sessions, and written surveys, to better determine the specific needs for planning studies. From Saturday, July 14 to Friday, September 14, 2018, an online survey was available for elected officials representing areas that received a presidential disaster declaration from Hurricane Harvey to submit their planning needs. The GLO is currently in the process of compiling a list of study needs in the impacted area. Opportunities for regionalization will be considered, and through a formal RFP process, the GLO will work with the Texas universities and vendors to identify qualified experts for specific tasks identified. This process and the availability of planning funds will standardize methods through regional coordination and planning at a level that has not yet been achieved through CDBG-DR funds in Texas.
GLO Planning Studies Include:
- Harvey-Related Planning Initiatives - The GLO partnership with State Universities will provide communities with the best possible resources in data analytics, storm modeling and resiliency planning.
- Storm Surge Suppression Study - The Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District (GCCPRD) investigates the options to reduce the vulnerability from hurricane surge and flood damages in accordance with the standards of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
- Colonia Drainage Study - The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) is working to develop the necessary drainage planning required to correct flooding problems in the wake of Hurricane Dolly for those in need in Colonias.
- Coastal Resiliency Study - Identifies physical elements including infrastructure and natural resources to determine the effectiveness of past recovery projects along the coast.
- Hurricane Impact Study - Texas A&M Galveston
- Disaster Impact Visualization Study - The University of Texas – Center for Space Research
- Disaster Economic Impact Study - The University of Texas - McCombs School of Business