2018-04-11 / News

WILLACY COUNTY AWARDED $7.77 MILLION FOR RECOVERY

Grants to address 2015 flood impacts to infrastructure, housing

The Texas General Land Office has awarded four grants to Willacy County, one to Raymondville and two to Lyford through the 2015 Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Program (CD-DR).

Willacy County received two drainage grants serving the Sebastian-Santa Monica and Lasara areas. The projects will install new storm sewer, detention ponds, quick connects, levee protection, and pump station pumps in Sebastian and Santa Monica, and new culverts and ditches in Lasara.

A $995,500 grant for Sebastian-Santa Monica will be completed in conjunction with the Willacy County Drainage District No. 1, while a $407,500 Lasara project will involve the Delta Lake Irrigation District. Both projects are designed to allow the communities to drain at a faster rate, reducing the extent, level and duration of flood waters and mitigating future damage to public infrastructure and housing.

The Willacy County Housing Authority also received $3,943,950 to reconstruct 62 units of multi-family housing and to assist 17 single family homeowners with rebuilding their homes.

Raymondville’s grant of $992,850 will be used to install new storm sewer along Durham Avenue between North 5th and North 10th Streets.

The City of Lyford was also awarded two GLO grants totaling $1,433,375 for drainage improvements.

GrantWorks, Inc. provided application services and will administer the drainage grants for Willacy County and Raymondville. Hanson Engineering and Ambiotec will provide design services for Willacy County and Raymondville, respectively. The local governments applied for the Disaster Recovery funds in the fall of 2017 to address flooding impacts that occurred in 2015. The funds were provided by Congress to the State of Texas through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery program. The GLO manages the program at the state level.

The local governments expect to sign a grant agreement with the GLO in the next few months before beginning work. Each community will provide matching funds equal to one percent of the grant amount toward the project activities.

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