$4.2 million granted by Texas GLO for historic disaster mitigation projects in San Jacinto County

Funds to improve drainage and sewer infrastructure for the city of Shepherd

Contact: Brittany Eck
(512) 463-5708
Brittany.Eck@GLO.Texas.gov
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PRESS RELEASE — May 21, 2021

AUSTIN — Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Texas Senator Robert Nichols and County Judge Fritz Faulkner announce the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $4.2 million in flood mitigation projects to improve drainage and sewer infrastructure in San Jacinto County and the City of Shepherd. These infrastructure projects will directly benefit residents in a majority low-to-moderate income (LMI) area that faced repetitive storm damage in 2015, 2016, 2017 with Hurricane Harvey, and 2019.

“Texas leads the nation in disaster designations for repetitive flooding,” said Commissioner Bush.

“We must work together to help communities across Texas be more resilient against devasting storms in the future. This first round of funding represents an historic investment in protecting lives, homes, and public facilities, as well as minimizing environmental impacts of severe storms, in many of our state’s lower-income communities. The GLO is proud to play a part in addressing this tremendous need.”

“The city of Shepherd has experienced ongoing drainage issues for years, running the risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship for our residents,” said Fritz Faulkner, County Judge. “This $4.2 million from Commissioner George P. Bush and the GLO will help us improve our citywide sewer system, including the replacement of almost nine miles of sewer lines, to reduce the impact of future disasters.”  

Texas Senator Robert Nichols offered his support from the Texas Capitol saying, "It's impossible to overstate how important these flood mitigation funds are to East and Southeast Texas. Senate District 3 saw severe flooding during the 2015 floods, the 2016 floods, and again during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. These flooding events showed just how vulnerable this area of the state is and how necessary mitigation efforts are. Senate District 3 won over $105 million in the competitive flood mitigation fund award process because the projects in our region are vital to protecting Texans from future flood events. I appreciate the professionalism of the GLO throughout this process and our local officials who worked so hard to make these projects a reality."

In May 2020, Commissioner George P. Bush announced the kick-off of the application process for the first round of more than $2.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect Texas communities hit by Hurricane Harvey and severe flooding in 2015 and 2016. During the first round, the GLO conducted three competitive application programs from the CDBG-MIT Action Plan. Those programs include:

Applications closed for the first round of funding October 28, 2020, and the GLO evaluated all 290 submitted applications in accordance with the HUD approved scoring criteria. Eligible applications with the highest scores were awarded funds. The second round of the competition will award the remaining $1,144,776,720 in mitigation funding to Hurricane Harvey eligible entities.

HUD defines mitigation as activities that increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters. HUD requires that at least 50% of total funds must be used for activities benefiting low- to moderate-income (LMI) persons.

The State of Texas CDBG Mitigation Action Plan: Building Stronger for a Resilient Future outlines the use of funds, programs, eligible applicants, and eligibility criteria as required by HUD. The plan was sent to HUD on February 3, 2020, after an extraordinary public outreach effort including a 50-day public comment period and eight regional public hearings, far-surpassing HUD requirements. HUD approved the plan March 31, 2020. For more information, please visit recovery.texas.gov/mitigation

City of Shepherd: Citywide Sewer Infiltration and Inflow Mitigation Project - $4,200,000

LMI Percentage: 65.42%

The city of Shepherd has experienced ongoing drainage issues throughout the city. The goal of this citywide sewer infiltration and inflow mitigation project is to increase resilience to disasters and reduce or eliminate the long-term risk of loss of life, injury, damage to and loss of property, and suffering and hardship, by lessening the impact of future disasters, especially during flood events that occur with hurricanes, tropical storms and tropical depressions.

This goal will be achieved by meeting the following project objectives:

The project will encompass approximately 46,872 linear feet of sanitary sewer line replacement, trench safety, connect new main (or new manhole) to existing manhole (or existing main), main line cleanout, connect service to new main, remove existing manhole with standard manhole replacement, driveway repairs, highway and railroad bore, replace one sewer lift station, elevate and rehabilitate 18 manholes, and associated appurtenances.

These activities will take place at the following locations throughout the city:

Loc #

Street

From

To

Sewer Length

1

Dirden St

Myrtie Dr

End

2438

2

Myrtie Dr

Main St

Richey Rd

4751

3

Main St

Myrtie Dr

Hill Ave

716

4

Magnolia Ave

Hill Ave

Railroad Ave

595

5

Railroad Ave

Magnolia Ave

4760’ SW

4706

6

Main St Bore

N Side

S Side

100

7

Main St N Side

E of Temple St

Spring St

2036

8

Spring St

Main St

2nd St

491

9

Ross Ave

2nd St

Magnolia Ave

869

10

Hill Ave

Main St

4th St

1252

11

Hill Ave

Main St

913’ SW

913

12

Spring/Hill Alley

3rd

5th St

488

13

Ross St

3rd

4th St

456

14

4th St

Hill Ave

Hill Alley

250

15

3rd St

Railroad Ave

Spring St

989

16

2nd St

Hill Ave

Spring St

301

17

Railroad Ave

3rd St

2nd St

344

18

Castleberry St

Burrell Ave

Seals Ave

692

19

Youngblood St

Burrell Ave

Seals Ave

353

20

Seals Ave

Youngblood St

Knighton St

984

21

Seals Ave

Castleberry St

Hall St

299

22

Burrell Ave

Finger St

2644’ SW

2644

23

X-country

E of N Byrd Ave

Railroad Ave

586

24

Page Ave & X-country

Pine St

Main St

2852

25

E Side N Byrd

2nd St

Bell St

314

26

Elys St

Page Ave

Main St

300

27

Pine St

E of N Byrd Ave

765’ E

765

28

Church St

US 59

N Byrd Ave

1780

29

McKellar St/X-country

Main St

825’ NE

825

30

Mimosa St

N on Church St

End

723

31

S Side Church St

Mimosa St

354' W

354

32

Smith

N Byrd Ave

529’ SE

529

33

Main St

N Byrd Ave

McKellar St

779

34

1st St

N Byrd Ave

Liberty St

236

35

1st St/Main St Alley

Byrd Ave

Liberty St

327

36

Mary St

Byrd Ave

Liberty St

225

37

Liberty St

Mary St

1325’ S

1325

38

W Side Byrd Ave

4th St

Shepherd Apts

5213

39

N Side Main St

E Side N Byrd

W Side N Byrd

100

40

S Side Main St

Beeson Ave

S Byrd Ave

779

41

E Side Byrd Ave

N Side Main St

N of Halleluiah

5780

42

Dogwood St

S Byrd Ave

911’ E

911

43

Red Bud Ln

S Byrd Ave

953’ E

953

44

Martin Dr

S Byrd Ave

Post Oak Ln

951

45

Lilley Rd

S Byrd Ave

706’ E

706

46

S Side Byrd Ave

Galilee St

1023’ N

1235

47

Halleluiah St

S Byrd Ave

Starlight St

843

48

Galilee St

S Byrd Ave

Starlight St

620

49

Starlight St

Halleluiah St

Galilee St

375

50

Main St Lift Station

 

 

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