Texas’ Galveston County Looking to Elevate 200 Flood-Prone Homes

March 29, 2018

Preliminary estimates indicate that a hurricane recovery program in southeast Texas could elevate as many as 200 homes that have been repeatedly flooded.

The Daily News reports that Galveston County commissioners received details about the plan on March 26 from Grantworks, consultants hired to facilitate disaster recovery planning.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry says commissioners must next notify the Texas Department of Emergency Management about interest in funds to create the program.

The department plans to release $500 million in hazardous mitigation funds across Texas. Galveston County officials expect to receive a large portion of those funds to raise homes flooded by Hurricane Harvey, though efforts would focus on structures that have flooded multiple times.

Henry says the program would likely require homeowners to help cover part of the project’s cost.

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