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2016 Floods - Newton County

In March of 2016, Newton County experienced flooding that resulted in the evacuation of approximately 3,500 residents. In Deweyville, the elementary school was flooded with over 5 feet of water, creating an estimated $12 million in damages. The impact to Deweyville Elementary resulted in over 600 students out of school for a month and the community without an elementary school. As a result of the flooding, Newton County received a Presidential disaster declaration. As part of the declaration, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocated funds to the state of Texas through the GLO for long-term recovery in the form of Community Development Block Grant disaster recovery (CDBG-DR) funds.

Newton County Method of Distribution

As a HUD-designated “most impacted county,” Newton County has been allocated $35,370,121 in CDBG-DR funds for long-term recovery. Due to the additional funds allocated, Newton County will retain the funds and will use the distribution factor of 70 percent for housing and 30 percent for infrastructure.

Information regarding the Newton County Method of Distribution can be found on their website: http://www.co.newton.tx.us/default.aspx?Newton_County/CDBGDR-4266Information

Questions regarding the development of the Newton County Method of Distribution or any of the tools for its development should be directed to Newton County.

Newton County Contact information:

Newton County
Attn: CDBG-DR 4266 Program
PO Box 1380
Newton, Texas 75966
Phone: (409)379-5691

Resource

2016 Floods and Storms Action Plans