Deadline for communities seeking flood prevention funding nears

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – Communities across Texas will have the chance to tap into $2 million for flood prevention. This is in addition to any federal funds to help with the most recent floods.

The money comes from emergency changes to the state budget following the deadly floods on Memorial Weekend 2015.

Officials with the Texas Water Development Board set a deadline of June 17 for communities to apply. The full list of applicants should be released later in June.

A spokesperson for the Board told KXAN, the money could go toward anything that rescues deaths and property damage in floods. Those projects include installing flood warning systems or developing flood response plans.

The grants matter because they are some of the first statewide investments in flood preparation. Most decisions on that topic fall to counties and cities. No state agency in Texas oversees a broader flood plan. In these grants, the Board is prioritizing projects that warn families or helps improve first responder time and efficiency.

Members of the Texas Water Development Board will take four to six weeks to consider the applications. They’ll award the grants later in the summer or in the fall.

Due to a financial snag, the funds for these grants initially weren’t going where they needed to go. Following KXAN reports, Texas officials fixed the issue.

In late May, KXAN’s State of Texas: In-Depth devoted a full program to the state policy changes following the 2015 floods.

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