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Abbott and Turner Announce Storm Funding
by Garrett Bryce w/photos courtesy City of Houston
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday held a news conference to announce federal funding available for the Texas Gulf Coast to provide for hazard mitigation projects related to Hurricane Harvey.

Abbott announced that $1 billion in funds will be available from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, with $500 million available immediately. News Release

The funding will provide for hazard and flood mitigation projects designed to both help impacted areas rebuild and reduce the risk of future damage from flooding and hurricanes, according the the news release.

Abbott stated that that another round of funding is anticipated in March through an omnibus bill.

“Our lives are not defined by the challenges we face, instead they are defined by how we respond to those challenges,” Abbott said of the response to the storm. Listen (16:25)

Turner thanked Abbott for his work in assisting Houston and Harris County following the storm.

“The governor's presence is a reminder of the cooperation between local government and the State of Texas,” Turner said.

Turner then noted that the funding emphasis on responding to future floods or storm surge was a “key part” of the city's plea to the federal government.

“The mitigation projects are so very, very important for our future,” Turner said. “Merely funding a recovery would be funding for failure.”

Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, discussed how the funding would be implemented.

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