AUSTIN (KXAN) — The final step is in place for the $6.8 million emergency flood fund offering relief for those who suffered damage from the severe October weather.
The funding was allotted to the flood survivors after a KXAN investigation found the money was sent to the wrong account. Once the issue was brought to the Governor’s attention he issued an emergency order to release the funds for relief efforts.
The Texas Water Development Board held a meeting on the emergency funds on Monday afternoon.
At the hearing, Steve Schultz, the father of Laura McComb, who died during the Memorial Day weekend flood, called for a better “advanced warning system.”
“It was unfortunate my daughter in that house had 361 area codes. They weren’t getting warnings. They didn’t have warnings. No TV, they didn’t see anything on TV or anything,” said Schultz.
Last month, Governor Greg Abbott authorized the transfer of roughly $7 million for the development of a high tech network of stream gauges. Additionally he announced his plans to provide more help for floodplain management and planning in case another severe storm sweeps through Texas.
Governor Abbott said the money will not only assist in preparing for floods, but also will be able to report accurate information as it arises.