Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush recently announced the Texas General Land Office (GLO) approved $194,936 in Hurricane Harvey disaster recovery grants for the city of Sealy to install a generator at the Silliman Water Pump Station.
This improvement will facilitate the proper functioning of critical water system components to reduce the risk of electrical loss in emergency situations and ensure the distribution of potable water during periods of power outages.
“Hurricane Harvey devastated communities across the Texas coast,” Bush said. “These recovery funds are critical to improving local infrastructure that will protect 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.”
The GLO was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to lead the Hurricane Harvey housing recovery efforts funded by $5.676 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The GLO allocated $413 million of the allocation for infrastructure projects to protect communities affected by the storm. The GLO allocated the funds to regional Council of Governments’ (COGs) based on a HUD approved needs assessment. The locally-led COGs then conducted methods of distribution (MODs) for determining infrastructure and buyout and acquisition amounts for cities and counties within each jurisdiction.
COG boards are comprised of officials from the impacted communities elected in part to prioritize funds allocated for recovery programs. The MOD process requires public engagement and the GLO reviewed each MOD for compliance with federal rules and requirements before approving each plan.
To review the approved MODs, visit https://recovery.texas.gov/action-plans/hurricane-harvey/index.html.