The 2016 flooding from March to June resulted in three qualifying events for federal disaster recovery funds.The events caused severe damage across half the state, roughly 134,000 square miles - almost double the size of Louisiana and West Virginia combined. The flooding events were a devastating blow to many Texas communities still trying to recover from the impact of the 2015 flooding events. The continuous rainfall on saturated ground created excessive downstream flooding and record-breaking crests that destroyed agricultural areas and residential homes. A major business disruption occurred due to the closure of Interstate 10 along the Texas-Louisiana border, creating lengthy delays and the loss of a major transportation corridor. Thousands of Texans were forced to evacuate their homes as entire cities required mandatory evacuations.

State Grant Application

On May 30, 2018, the GLO released applications for $40.2 million in CDBG-DR funds to be awarded to the GLO-identified most impacted and distressed counties (see list below) following the 2016 Floods. Entities within Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery and Newton counties are not eligible for funds under this application.

All applications should be submitted to by 5:00 p.m. on September 27, 2018, to be considered. For additional information or questions regarding the application, please email or call 512-475-5000.

Application Guidance (Application Period has Closed)

Additional Resources

Please consider the following links BEFORE submitting an application for assistance:


Subrecipients must procure goods and services using the federal procurement and contract requirements outlined in 2 CFR 200.318 – 200.326 for 2015 and 2016 floods allocations. These procurement requirements must be followed for reimbursement from the 2015 (P.L. 114-113) and 2016 (P.L. 114-223 and 245) allocations of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

For additional resources and information visit: Procurement & Contracting Resources

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Eligible Counties

Overall, the devastation of the storms led HUD to issue a “most impacted” designation for the counties of Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, and Newton.

Presidentially Declared Counties - (MI) = HUD Most Impacted

Anderson County Gregg County Orange County
Angelina County Grimes County Palo Pinto County
Austin County Hall County Parker County
Bandera County Hardin County Polk County
Bastrop County Harris County (MI) Red River County
Bosque County Harrison County Sabine County
Brazoria County (MI) Henderson County San Augustine County
Brazos County Hidalgo County San Jacinto County
Brown County Hood County Shelby County
Burleson County Houston County Smith County
Caldwell County Jasper County Somervell County
Callahan County Jones County Stephens County
Cass County Kleberg County Throckmorton County
Cherokee County Lamar County Travis County
Coleman County Lee County Trinity County
Colorado County Leon County Tyler County
Comanche County Liberty County Upshur County
Coryell County Limestone County Van Zandt County
Eastland County Madison County Walker County
Erath County Marion County Waller County
Falls County Milam County Washington County
Fayette County Montgomery County (MI) Wharton County
Fisher County Navarro County Wood County
Fort Bend County (MI) Newton County (MI)  

Most Impacted Counties

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:

2016 Disaster Timeline

  • March 7 to 29, 2016 - first disaster event
  • March 19, 2016 - DR-4266 declaration
  • April 17 to 30, 2016 - second disaster event
  • April 25, 2016 - DR-4269 declaration
  • May 22-June 24, 2016 - third disaster event
  • June 11, 2016 - DR-4272 declaration
  • September 29, 2016 - $45.2 million in CDBG-DR funds appropriated under Continuing Resolution
  • December 10, 2016 - $177 million in CDBG-DR funds appropriated under fiscal year 2017 Further Continuing Resolution into law
  • November 28, 2016 - Federal Register Notice published providing requirements for State Action Plan
  • March 10, 2017 - GLO-CDR posts 2016 State Action Plan to website for 14-day public comment period
  • April 3, 2017 - GLO-CDR submitted plan to HUD for approval
  • May 5, 2017 - $6.8 million in addition CDBG-DR funds appropriated under the Consolidated Appropriation Act of 2017
  • June 2, 2017 - HUD approves State Action Plan
  • August 7, 2017 - $9.8 million in additional CDBG-DR funds appropriated under fiscal year 2016 and 2017 CDBG-DR Appropriations
  • May 1, 2018 - HUD approved Amendment 1 providing scoring criteria for housing and infrastructure projects
  • May 30, 2018 - GLO begins to accept project applications from eligible communities for $40.2 million in available disaster funds
  • September 27, 2018 - 5 p.m. deadline for eligible communities to submit completed project applications to the GLO

Next Steps:

  • The GLO will review applications and award funds
  • All grant funding to be expended within 5 years of HUD’s approval of the State Action Plan