Texas Water Development Board flood issues workshop
The Texas Water Development Board regional flood planning and financing is seeking public input.
Currently, the water board has planned 13 workshops to gather information about flood control across the state.
Hardin County’s nearest session is in Orange, at the J. Michael and Bridget Shahan Events Center, Lamar State College, on Tuesday, Aug. 6, beginning at 9:30 am.
The 2019 Texas Legislature passed several flood-related bills and authorized a one-time transfer of $793 million from the state rainy day fund to create a new flood funding program.
The Texas Water Development Board will oversee the program.
“The program is designed to make the implementation of drainage and flood projects for Texas communities and to meet the immediate needs for funding,” states Jeff Walker, Board Executive Administrator in a press release.
Funds can be used for flood control planning and mitigation projects as well as drainage projects.
The water board is looking for input on projects and guidance on regional planning processes.
Funding for low-cost loans and grants for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects is slated become available in 2020.
The new state flood planning program administered by the water board “establishes a state and regional flood planning process, with flood planning regions based on river basins,” Walker writes.
Regional flood plans will be due in 2023 and the first state flood plan on Sept. 1, 2024.
Southeast Texans should plan to attend the workshop or download additional information at email@example.com.