HOUSTON (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced Texas will be getting nearly $5 billion to help build critical flood mitigation projects in the state, which is still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.
The Corps also announced Thursday the federal government is awarding nearly $16 million to Texas for studies on projects that could make the state more resilient.
Gov. Greg Abbott says the funding will go a long way to “future-proofing Texas against another hurricane.”
Some of the projects being funded include $3.95 billion for a project known as the coastal spine, which proposes barriers to protect the Houston area from storm surge coming into Galveston Bay.
Harvey dumped up to 50 inches (127 centimeters) of rain in some parts of Houston last August, flooding thousands of homes.
Projects included in today’s announcement from the USACE:
Brays Bayou – $75,000,000
Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries – $1,454,000
Clear Creek – $295,165,000
Dallas Floodway – $222,911,000
Dallas Floodway Extension – $53,000,000
Hunting Bayou – $65,000,000
Lewisville Dam – $91,959,000
Lower Colorado River – $73,290,000
Sabine Pass to Galveston Bay – $3,957,134,000
White Oak Bayou – $45,000,000
Studies included in today’s announcement from the USACE:
Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Study – $1,902,000
Buffalo Bayou and Tributaries Study – $6,000,000
Houston Regional Watershed Assessment – $3,000,000
Brazos River, Fort Bend County Erosion Management Study – $3,000,000
Guadalupe and San Antonio River Basins – $2,000,000