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Feds announce $5B for Texas flood control projects; Dallas, Lewisville included

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

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