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Houston getting $7M for flood control 2 years after Harvey

August 3, 2019

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston will receive more than $7 million in grants as initial funding for a pair of flood control projects nearly two years after rain from Hurricane Harvey swamped parts of the city.

Mayor Sylvester Turner on Friday announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency money. Some areas received more than 50 inches of rain after Harvey hit on Aug. 25, 2017.

Houston will get $2.8 million for design of the nearly $47 million Inwood Forest Stormwater Detention Basin project.

The Lake Houston Dam project will add 10 gates for larger controlled releases of water. FEMA is providing $4.3 million, then an expected $42.7 million for construction.

Both projects should be completed by 2022.

Gov. Greg Abbott was in Houston in June to sign a $1.6 billion storm and flood resilience plan.

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