FEMA Funds Buy 502 Flood-Prone Homes
September 4, 2018
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allocated more than $81 million to Texas’ Harris County Flood Control District to purchase of 502 flood-prone homes damaged last year by Hurricane Harvey.
FEMA had previously allocated more than $77 million to the Harris County Flood Control District to acquire and remove 463 residential structures. Once the properties are razed, the land will be used as open space to conserve natural floodplain functions.
This endeavor is part a part of the $217 million Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), which requires a 25 percent non-federal match. The total cost of the Harris County project is $217 million.