City of Humble could get nearly $2 million for 2016 flood damage

The city of Humble could receive additional federal funds for flood-mitigation projects.

The city of Humble could receive additional federal funds for flood-mitigation projects.

Humble could receive between $1.5 and $1.9 million in federal funds to reimburse the city for flood damages and mitigation projects that stem from April and May of 2016, according to Harris County officials.

The city will be allowed to apply for the 2016 Community Development Block Grant this fall, according to Christy Lambert, assistant director for Harris County Community Services.

Humble held a public meeting May 31 regarding local improvement projects. The federal funds could be used to improve structures that were damaged by the floods, such as traffic light issues, infrastructure and roads, drainage issues, city assets and future mitigation projects.

However, individual home or business owners cannot use the funds. The county will have a separate program to address these property owners later in 2017, Lambert said.

The city must also show a direct connection between the damages and FEMA disasters 4269 and 4272—severe Texas storm incidents that occurred from April 17-30 and from May 22-June 24, respectively—during 2016.

"You do have to show damages or fail to function due to the 2016 floods," Lambert said. "They have to show correlation."

Harris County received $61 million from the General Land Office in Texas to cover the flood damages, she said. The county is expected to dedicate 35 percent of these funds to improve homes and 65 percent to local government entities, Lambert said.

At least 70 percent of the funds are also required to be used for the benefit of low-to-moderate income residents, she said.


U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-The Woodlands, speaks to students at Covenant Christian School. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady and others celebrate Covenant Christian School's FEMA grant

The event saw representatives from the city of Conroe, Montgomery County, the Texas Legislature and more.

A Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County study on eliminating ride fares left both METRO board members and officials seemingly unconvinced of the likelihood of implementing it in Harris County. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
METRO board of directors say free fare 'not feasible' for transit authority

A METRO study on eliminating ride fares left board members and officials unconvinced of the likelihood of implementing it in Harris County.

The deadline to pay property taxes in Montgomery County is Jan. 31. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County Tax Office to extend hours for property tax deadline

The deadline to pay property taxes in Montgomery County is Jan. 31.

Fiesta Azteca, a Mexican restaurant straddling Kingwood and Humble, had been open 15 years. (Kathleen Sison/Community Impact Newspaper)
Longtime Atascocita restaurant Fiesta Azteca closes after 15 years

Atascocita-area Mexican restaurant Fiesta Azteca closed in early January, according an "out of business" posting on the business' door.

(Jen Para/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo concert tickets go on sale Jan. 16

Lower-level seating options are already very limited.

Humble ISD board trustees approved the 2020-21 calendar at the board meeting Jan. 14. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Humble ISD's 2020-21 academic calendar features extra holidays, early start date

For the second year in a row, a majority of Humble ISD residents showed support for an academic calendar featuring extra holidays in both for the 2020-21 year.

Texas oil and gas industry could see a major slowdown in 2020

The oil and natural gas industry paid a record-setting $16.3 billion in taxes and royalties to local governments and the state in 2019, the Texas Oil and Gas Association announced Tuesday.

HGA driver Derek King picks up a patient from David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport in Spring before transporting her to the Texas Medical Center. (Courtesy Derek King)
Houston Ground Angels seeking volunteers to drive patients to Texas Medical Center

Houston Ground Angels is a nonprofit organization that provides transportation between local airports and the Texas Medical Center for patients with cancer and other life-threatening diseases and illnesses.

A San Jacinto River Authority-operated dam at Lake Conroe controls water releases. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Montgomery County commissioners join Conroe in opposing annual lowering of Lake Conroe

Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved a resolution 3-2 at its Jan. 14 meeting opposing the annual lowering of the level of Lake Conroe.

Montgomery County Commissioners Court met Jan. 14. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Montgomery County plans to buy building for traffic operations center

Montgomery County commissioners approved the $1.3 million purchase of a building for a building to house the county’s traffic operations department at its Jan. 14 meeting.

The city of Humble was established in 1886 by Pleasant Smith Humble, and it quickly became known as an oil industry haven. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
First downtown Humble revitalization workshop sparks inspiration, ideas

The first workshop to discuss revitalizing the city of Humble’s downtown attracted local residents, business owners and leaders of nearby communities to the Humble Civic Center on Jan. 9.

Five Randalls across the Houston area will close in February. (Vanessa Holt/Community Impact Newspaper)
Randalls closing 5 Houston area stores

Grocery chain Randalls is closing five stores across the Houston area.

Back to top