HUD allots $24M more to mitigate flood effects

Flood Recovery

San Marcos was awarded an additional $24 million in disaster recovery funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Tuesday, bringing the total allocated since the 2015 floods to $57.8 million.

“We were excited to receive news about this new funding and appreciate that our federal partners understand the struggle faced by communities to rebuild and fund projects to mitigate against future flooding events,” City Manager Bert Lumbreras said. “Our staff is already planning for additional community involvement and public meetings to determine the most effective utilization of these additional disaster dollars.”

 The latest funds are part of a nationwide award announced Tuesday totaling nearly $28 billion, which will support long-term disaster recovery in hard-hit areas in nine states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. These funds are provided through HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program and will address seriously damaged housing, businesses and infrastructure from major disasters that occurred since 2015.

“San Marcos is proud to receive this additional $24 million as part of today’s grant announcement, which represents the largest single amount of disaster recovery assistance in HUD’s history,” Mayor John Thomaides said.

The city rolled out a housing program last year using a portion of the previously-allocated $33.8 million intended to renovate, rebuild and make safer homes that were damaged in the May and October floods of 2015.

The majority of the $33.8 million in grant funding, though, has been designated for five infrastructure projects approved by the San Marcos City Council to mitigate flooding in the most susceptible neighborhoods. These projects are now in the design phase and include the Uhland Road area, the Blanco Gardens neighborhood, the area of Clarewood Street and Barbara Drive, “Midtown” and “Blanco Riverine.”

For more information on the CDBG-DR program in San Marcos, including projects scheduled in the community, contact Housing and Community Development Manager Stacy Brown at 512-805-2604.

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