Houston seethes over being frozen out of federal flood funds

Harvey Flood Control Projects
Posted at 11:23 AM, May 31, 2021

HOUSTON (AP) —Houston residents and officials are seething over a Texas agency's decision to not award the city a single cent of the initial $1 billion in federal flood mitigation funding the state was promised following Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

The Texas General Land Office's recent announcement of the winners and losers of the funds provided a rare issue that brought Houston Democrats and Republicans together in mutual outrage.

Shirley Ronquillo, a community activist, says the lack of funding could endanger residents of her neighborhood of East Aldine, which experiences bad flooding after major storms.

Following the criticism, Land Commissioner George P. Bush said he planned to ask the federal government to approve $750 million for Harris County, which includes Houston.