$47.5 million granted by Texas GLO for historic disaster mitigation projects in Fort Bend County

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

Contact: Brittany Eck
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PRESS RELEASE — May 21, 2021

AUSTIN — Today Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Rosenberg Mayor Kevin Raines announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved more than $47.5 million in flood mitigation projects to improve drainage and sewer infrastructure and construct a regional detention pond in Fort Bend County and the city of Rosenberg. These infrastructure projects will directly benefit thousands of residents in a majority low-to-moderate income (LMI) area that has faced repetitive storm damage in 2015, 2016 and in 2017 with Hurricane Harvey.

“The significant rain events over the last few years have greatly proven the need for drainage improvements in the City of Rosenberg,” said Rosenberg Mayor Kevin Raines. “This incredibly generous $47.5 million grant from Commissioner George P. Bush and the Texas GLO will enable us to make many of those critically needed improvements to our drainage channels, culvert crossings and storm sewers. These improvements will also help reduce our overall city-wide floodplain area to prevent flooding that puts our citizen’s lives and property at risk. On behalf of the City, I sincerely thank you for helping us work to be proactive against flooding in our future.” 

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 Rosenberg: Channel Improvements and Flood Mitigation Project - $47,585,955

LMI Percentage: 56.66%

This project will benefit the city of Rosenberg by providing flood mitigation in the form of channel improvements and slope paving, culvert crossing improvements, storm sewer improvements, right-of-way acquisition, and regional detention. The overall benefits to the project area include:

Dry Creek

Theater Ditch

Rabbs Bayou

Graeber Road

Theater Ditch North

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