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Hurricane Harvey Flood Mitigation Plan: US Department of Housing and Urban Development approves $750 million GLO plan for Harris County

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – On Saturday, two members of Congress will debate the decision to allocate $750 million in aid to Harris County for Hurricane Harvey.

A press conference will be held in Houston at approximately 9:30 a.m. with Congressmen Al Green and Sylvia Garcia.

This plan will provide Harris County with federal flood protection funds.

Last week, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development announced that the Texas General Land Office discriminated against Houston and Harris County on the basis of race and national origin when it initially excluded them from a state competition for congressional-approved post-hurricane funding. Harvey disaster ruled out.

SEE RELATED STORY: Texas GLO faced discrimination when it gave Houston, Harris County $0 for flood defenses, HUD says

On Friday, HUD announced that it has awarded more than $1 billion to flood prevention projects in our region. However, the city of Houston was not specifically mentioned.

Mayor Sylvester Turner released a statement saying, in part, “If any city desperately needs these dollars for flood control and resilience, it’s the city of Houston. This is not equity financing and is simply unacceptable.”

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said she was grateful for the funding.

“Once the funds come in, Harris County residents can rest assured that we will not waste a minute in using this significant dollar inflow fairly, equitably and quickly — just as we have done with our own local dollars,” Hidalgo said.

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