$2.6M allocated for buyout program of 20 homes located in repetitive flood areas in Jefferson County

Published 12:24 pm Tuesday, March 3, 2020

AUSTIN — Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced Tuesday that the Texas General Land Office approved $2,651,308.80 in Hurricane Harvey funds to conduct a buyout program for approximately 20 homes located in a floodplain or repetitive flood areas in Jefferson County.

These communities were overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey as heavy rainfall caused flooding of streets and homes, threatening public health, safety and welfare.

“Hurricane Harvey devastated communities across the Texas Coast,” Bush said. “These recovery funds are critical to protecting 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.”

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Bush and the Texas General Land Office was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott to lead the Hurricane Harvey housing recovery efforts funded by $5.676 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Texas General Land Office allocated $413 million of the allocation for infrastructure projects and $275 million for local buyout and acquisitions to protect communities affected by the storm.