Montgomery County is moving forward on its home buyout program following damages by Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and other storms in 2016.
Darren Hess, the director of Montgomery County’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, spoke at Commissioners Court on Jan. 27 and asked commissioners to approve submitting an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a $10 million grant.
The buyout program is for homes that have suffered repetitive loss from flooding, Hess said. His office has identified 35 properties throughout Montgomery County, he said.
“About two months ago you authorized me to proceed with hiring a contractor to develop the grant application. We’ve done that, and now we are prepared and ready to submit [it],” Hess said.
The properties are distributed across several ZIP codes:
77304: 3 properties
77365: 4 properties
77362: 3 properties
77357: 6 properties
77355: 2 properties
77302: 6 properties
77386: 4 properties
77365: 2 properties
77301: 2 properties
77372: 3 properties
Commissioners unanimously approved the item.