0:15 – Texas Governor Greg Abbott
1:35 — Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott announced more federal money for Texas to rebuild and reduce the risk of flooding for cities and counties hard-hit by Hurricane Harvey last year. A large group of prominent state and local officials attended the joint news conference with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner at City Hall Tuesday afternoon.
After months of waiting and asking for federal help to rebuild, Governor Abbott said tens of billions of dollars in federal aid is coming to Texas to rebuild the lives of Houstonians, people in Harris County, from Jefferson to Orange County to Corpus Christi after Hurricane Harvey.
Governor Abbott said some 5 billion dollars in community block grants will be arriving soon.
More than 1 billion dollars in federal aid is for hazard mitigation projects. Some 500 million dollars in federal aid is ready to be dispersed now for buyouts, elevations, drainage, reservoir and similar projects, Governor Abbott explained.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner thanked the governor for his efforts. Turner said he hoped there will be more money to come in addition to what already has been pledged.
Cities and counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey will need to apply for the federal money.