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

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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.

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