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2015 Floods - Hidalgo County

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) is the designated state agency responsible for administering Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) funds allocated to the state by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). There were two Presidential disaster declarations in 2015 that affected Hidalgo County — FEMA Disasters 4223 and 4245 (severe storms, tornados, straight-line winds and flooding). As a result, HUD published a Notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 81, No. 117, issued on Friday, June 17, 2016, allocating $6,740,000 to Hidalgo County.

Hidalgo County Method of Distribution

These funds are broken down into non-housing and housing project categories. As determined by the GLO's Needs Assessment, 68 percent or $2,932,858 must be spent on infrastructure, planning and economic development activities and 32 percent or $1,380,169 must be spent on housing activities.

As part of the application process, Hidalgo County must develop, publish and submit a Method of Distribution (MOD) recommending allocations within each of the project categories for a more specified allocation and utilization of these federal funds. To learn more about the county’s MOD, please visit https://www.hidalgocounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/30318/Public-Notice-2015-2016-Flood-Grant-Amendment-1

Any funds not committed or expended will be returned to Hidalgo County for reallocation. If the county cannot identify any projects that can utilize funding, unused funds will be returned to the GLO.

Information regarding Hidalgo County’s Method of Distribution can be found on their website: https://www.hidalgocounty.us/2292/Texas-General-Land-Office-GLO


Questions regarding the development of Hidalgo County’s Method of Distribution or any of the tools for its development should be directed to Hidalgo County’s Urban County Program.

Hidalgo County contact information:

Diana R. Serna, Director
Hidalgo County – Urban County Program
427 E. Duranta Avenue, Suite 107
Alamo, Texas 78516
Email: diana.serna@ucp.co.hidalgo.tx.us
Phone: (956) 787-8127
Fax: (956) 318-2988


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2015 Floods and Storms