Cmr. George P. Bush announces more than $2.6 million for flood and drainage improvements for Pearland
AUSTIN — Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $2,657,147 in Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery funds for the city of Pearland to make flood and drainage improvements.
"Hurricane Harvey devastated communities across the Texas Coast," said Commissioner Bush. "These recovery funds are critical to improving local infrastructure that will protect lives, homes and businesses from future storms. We continue to work with our partners in communities across the region to leverage these resources efficiently and effectively to benefit Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey."
With these funds, the city of Pearland will replace storm sewer culverts, regrade roadside ditches and install outfall ditches. Construction will take place on Garden Road near the intersection of Laurie Street, on O'Day Road near the intersection of Brazoria Place, at the intersection of Scott Lane and Pecos Street, at the intersection of Scott Lane and Woody Road, and on Woody Road at the intersection of Cunningham Drive.
In March, Commissioner Bush announced $2,727,372 in Hurricane Harvey funds approved to conduct a buyout program for approximately 16 homes located in a floodplain or repetitive flood areas in the city of Pearland.
Texas GLO Hurricane Harvey Recovery Funds:
Commissioner George P. Bush and the Texas General Land Office was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to lead the historic Hurricane Harvey housing recovery efforts funded by $5.676 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The GLO allocated $413 million of the allocation for infrastructure projects and $275 million for local buyout and acquisitions to protect communities affected by the storm. The GLO allocated the funds to regional Council of Governments’ (COGs) based on a HUD approved needs assessment. The locally-led COGs then conducted methods of distribution (MODs) for determining infrastructure and buyout and acquisition amounts for cities and counties within each jurisdiction. COG boards are comprised of officials from the impacted communities elected in part to prioritize funds allocated for recovery programs. The MOD process requires public engagement and the GLO reviewed each MOD for compliance with federal rules and requirements before approving each plan.
To review the approved MODs, please visit https://recovery.texas.gov/action-plans/hurricane-harvey/index.html.
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