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Background

In 2015, Texas had two separate events that qualified for disaster recovery funding. Both events resulted from heavy rains and winds that caused severe damage across nearly half the state, or 134,000 square miles. The May events occurred May 4 to June 23, 2015. During the first part of May, many locations across the state received well above normal rainfall, creating saturated ground conditions. When the Memorial Day weekend arrived, the saturated soil forced rain runoff directly into rivers, streams, and flash-flood prone areas. Certain areas of Texas saw more than 20 inches of rainfall in a matter of days. In total, about 8 million acre-feet of water flowed into the state’s reservoirs.

Central and eastern Texas were also hit by dangerous flooding October 22 through October 31 when rainfall patterns converged with remnants of Hurricane Patricia.

In total, 116 counties were impacted by these two disaster events, with 19 counties designated as impacted by both disasters. “Most impacted” county designations by HUD include Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, and Travis.

Funds Awarded

Most Impacted County Methods of Distribution

As required by HUD, the GLO allocated $31,266,000 to the HUD-identified most impacted counties. Each county was able to determine locally how to best spend their respective allocations. Each county was required to develop a Method of Distribution (MOD) outlining the specific distribution of funds for infrastructure and housing activities and submit them to the GLO. For more information about each county's MOD visit:

GLO Projects Awarded

On March 21, 2018, the GLO awarded $35.8 million in 2015 Flood-related Housing and Infrastructure funds on July 13, 2017; $24.4 million for infrastructure projects and $11.4 million for new and reconstructed housing. The awards included 38 locally identified infrastructure and housing projects in 23 impacted communities.

Eligible entities from 112 of the 116 Texas counties affected by the 2015 floods submitted long-term recovery projects proposals for the available funding. The remaining four counties were identified by HUD as "most impacted" and received separate funding allocations. The projects selected represent the highest scoring applications meeting all program eligibility requirements. The GLO accepted project applications for 120 days following the announced release date of July 13, 2017. Due to Hurricane Harvey, the GLO extended the deadline to allow communities devastated by both the hurricane and 2015 floods time to submit applications. Due to limited funding, not all projects submitted were funded, resulting in an unmet need of locally submitted projects totaling more than $48 million.

The GLO continues to execute contracts and conduct kick-off meetings with local governments that will become subrecipients for the program. 

For additional resources and information about administering programs please visit: 

Housing Projects Awarded:

Single Family Homeowner Assistance Program
Applicant County Project Title Total Units Recommended Award Amount Percent LMI
Willacy County Housing Authority Willacy WCHA GLO DR Single Family Housing Project 17 $1,955,150.00 100%
County of Newton Newton Newton County Housing B - HBA Single Family HAP 13 $2,000,000.00 100%
County of Newton Newton Newton County Housing A - LMI HAP 13 $2,000,000.00 100%
Multifamily Rental Program
Applicant Name County Project Title Total Units Recommended Award Amount Percent LMI
Willacy County Housing Authority Willacy WCHA Multi-Family Housing Reconstruction Project 62 $1,988,800.00 72.58%
City of Corsicana Navarro Corsicana Eastside Apartments Multifamily Project 12 $2,000,000.00 100%
City of Hubbard Hill City of Hubbard Regional Multifamily Housing 8 $1,389,089.00 100%

Infrastructure Projects Awarded:

Applicant County Project Activity  Recommended Award Amount % LMI
City of Corsicana Navarro Excavate and seed/fertilize over 17,100 linear feet of drainage ditches in the NE Quadrant/Post Oak area and install 3,100 linear feet of storm sewer pipe along with associated culverts and asphalt removal. $1,000,000.00 92%
Jasper County Jasper Precinct 1 County Road 126 culvert and road base improvements from County Road 125 to the Jasper City limits. $780,952.38 95%
City of Corsicana Navarro Excavate and seed/fertilize over 10,000 linear feet of drainage ditches in the SE Quadrant/Town Branch area and install 4,150 linear feet of storm sewer pipe along with associated culverts and asphalt removal. $1,000,000.00 86%
City of Dawson Navarro Replace undersized culverts citywide. $996,500.00 83%
Jasper County Jasper Precinct 2 County Road 323 culvert and road base improvements from 150 linear feet on the east side of the creek to 150 linear feet on the west side of the creek. $352,380.95 88%
City of Reno Parker Flood and Drainage Facility improvements to eleven sites across the City. $974,343.00 88%
City of Reno Parker Street Improvements at seven sites across the City. $988,189.00 88%
City of Premont Jim Wells Regrade and upgrade culverts along the City's east side primary drainage ditch on Donald Street and two lateral ditches draining Baxter Street; build an outfall ditch between Southeast 4th and Southeast 5th Streets at Donald Street that will discharge into a natural pond east of the City. $948,300.00 88%
City of Premont Jim Wells Install 6,600 linear feet of concrete curb and gutter, six concrete valley gutters, and associated driveway repair along Northwest Third Street from US 281 to Elaine Street. $510,790.00 82%
City of Somerville Burleson Install a storm water drain with curb inlets, and regrade and surface Rio Grande Street from FM 422 to the private road, Casa Mia Street from one block north of Rio Grande to one block south of Rio Grande, and Heatherbrook Street from one block north of Rio Grande to one block south of Rio Grande. $580,000.00 91%
Willacy County Willacy Work with the Delta Lake Irrigation District to install new storm sewer culverts, concrete headwalls, ditch regrading and associated pavement repair to increase the drainage capacity of the system connecting Lasara to the District's drainage channels to the south. $407,500.00 74%
Willacy County Willacy Work with the WCDD No. 1 to improve a detention pond and install new storm sewer at Sebastian and install quick connects, intake, outfall, and levee protection structures, an all-weather access road, and one pump at the pump stations in Santa Monica. $995,500.00 76%
City of Clifton Bosque Replace brick manholes located in Block Groups 2 and 3 with concrete manholes, water tight rings and covers, as well as, asphalt repair and sewer main connections as required. $894,980.00 65%
City of Buffalo Leon Install a storm sewer system to include stabilization of the street sub-grade and asphalt, and grading of the ditches along $923,191.00 82%
Fairfield, Blain, and Houck Streets.
City of Navasota Grimes Install 36" storm drain outfalls on Wright Street and Willie Street from Foster Street to the Roosevelt Street Drainage Channel. $999,000.00 81%
Jim Wells County Jim Wells Regrade and raise County Road 382 surface, install new box culverts at the creek crossings, and clear and regrade a downstream section of Lattas Creek to improve flow and reduce flooding risk to the Meadow Ridge colonia. $745,000.00 83%
City of Kirbyville Jasper Pin Oak Creek channel repairs to include reshaping streambank protection, concrete headwalls, box culverts and incidental street repairs. $974,800.00 53%
City of Kirbyville Jasper Wastewater Treatment Plant repairs to include three generators, replacement of electrical pumps, wet wells, bypass pumping, and removal of sediment from the aeration basin. $989,800.00 53%
City of Orange Grove Jim Wells Wastewater system rehabilitation to include 10" pipe bursting, manholes, 10" PVC gravity wastewater line and 30 service connections. $528,000.00 75%
City of Orange Grove Jim Wells Drainage improvements to include asphalt pavement and repair, installation of concrete culvers, and ditch grading and shaping along seven roads in Orange Grove East in combination with $154,784 in FEMA Public Assistance funding. $672,000.00 74%
City of Normangee Leon Install a larger capacity culvert at the Wooley Street drainage crossing and reconstruct Wooley Street. $331,500.00 72%
Grimes County Grimes Replace the bridges and provide road improvements including reshaping drainage ditches, installing culverts and road base on County Roads 201 and 202 and on Pinebrook Drive. $866,457.00 71%
City of Rice Navarro Crockett Street improvements from McKinney (I45 frontage) to the entrance to Cottonwood Park Drive. $357,000.00 78%
City of Rice Navarro Road base improvements on West Gilmer, Jefferson, and Boston Streets. $249,500.00 73%
City of Hubbard Hill Reconstruct Northeast 7th Street to include curbing, roadside ditches and install a culvert. $330,000.00 100%
City of Jewett Leon Sugar Street lift station improvements, Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) oxidation ditch, and WWTP access roadway improvements. $581,284.00 71%
City of Lyford Willacy Drainage improvements at the 8th Street Main Pump Station and along Bulldog Avenue to include existing outfalls. $433,375.00 66%
City of Raymondville Willacy Storm drain pipe in the North Central Area on Durham Avenue from North 5th Street to North 10th Street, North 10th Street from East Hidalgo to East Yturria, North 5th Street from East Main to East Durham, and East Yturria from North 10th Street to North 11th Street. $992,850.00 67%
Jim Wells County Jim Wells Rancho Alegre East Drain and Detention to include a new concrete channel, storm sewer lines, and detention pond with outfall structure and bleeder system to reduce flooding in Rancho Alegre colonia. $890,500.00 70%
City of Bridgeport Wise New Fire Station at the 1400 block of Thompson Street to replace the current fire station in a flood zone area. $999,348.00 55%
City of Lyford Willacy Drainage pump station and 48" rubber check valve at the outfall of the Gin Drainage Canal which meets the Hidalgo County Main Flood Water Channel and a 30" storm drainage pipe along 1st Street. $1,000,000.00 66%
City of Hubbard Hill Reconstruct the Trimble Street sewer lift station, provide an emergency generator, install an all-weather access drive, and provide security fencing. $691,500.00 74%

2015 Disaster Timeline

  • May 4-June 23, 2015 (Memorial Day Floods) - 1st disaster event
  • May 29, 2015 - DR-4223 declaration
  • October 22- October 31, 2015 - 2nd disaster event
  • November 25, 2015 - DR-4245 declaration
  • December 18, 2015 - $142.3 million in CDBG-DR funds allocated under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2016 (P.L. 114-113)
    • City of Houston direct allocation of $66.5 million
    • City of San Marcos direct allocation of $25 million
    • State of Texas allocation of $50.6 million
  • June 17, 2016 Federal Register Notice published, providing requirements for the state’s Action Plan
  • September 20, 2016 - GLO submits the state’s Action Plan to HUD for approval
  • November 10, 2016 - GLO submits revised version of the Action Plan to HUD
  • February 13, 2017 - GLO-CDR receives HUD approval for the Action Plan
  • February 21, 2017 - GLO-CDR proposed Amendment 1 to the Action Plan providing detailed guidelines for a competition to distribute $25.6 million to the eligible 112 counties not designated as most impacted (Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, and Travis)
  • March 3, 2017 - Non-housing application sent to most impacted counties
  • March 13, 2017 - 14-day public comment period for Amendment 1 ends
  • March 16, 2017 - Amendment 1 submitted to HUD for approval
  • May 5, 2017 - $15.6 million in additional CDBG-DR funds allocated under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017
    • City of Houston direct allocation of $20.5 million
    • City of San Marcos direct allocation of $7.7 million
  • August 7, 2017  $8.2 million in additional CDBG-DR funds appropriated under Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 CDBG-DR Appropriations
  • July 13, 2017 – GLO begins to accept project applications from eligible entities for $25.6 million in available disaster funds
  • November 30, 2017 – Deadline for eligible entities to submit project applications
  • State Action Plan, Amendment 2 HUD approved ACTION PLAN DOCUMENTS
  • March 21, 2018 - GLO announcement of housing and infrastructure project applicants selected for available disaster funds 

Next Steps:

  • All grant funding to be expended within 6 years of HUD’s approval of the Action Plan (February 2022)