WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced that the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has awarded Hidalgo County and the City of Kingsville nearly $17M for flood mitigation projects as part of their second round of flood mitigation grants funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). 

Hidalgo County will receive $9,962,444.40 towards phase 2 of expanding the main floodwater channel to add millions of cubic yards of storm-water capacity and provide mitigation against flooding for a large portion of the county and Rio Grande Valley. 

The City of Kingsville will receive $7,293,111 to be used for improvements in their sanitary sewer system to better equip them for rainstorms and hurricanes. Funds will support the installation of three new pump lift stations near Business 77B and rehabilitate nine existing lift stations. Other improvements include repairing 78 manholes which will make the sewer system more resilient during future floods.  

“With these federal funds, we are taking a huge step in improving mitigation projects in communities that were negatively impacted by flooding in past years,” said Congressman Vela. “This funding support to South Texas will help prevent future damage from heavy rains and hurricanes that our area has been vulnerable to. I am hopeful that the completion of these projects and improvements will result in less flooding and property damage to our communities.”