AUSTIN (AP) — Texas needs $61-plus billion in federal funding just to rebuild public infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Harvey, as well as to cover projects to prevent future flooding.
John Sharp, Texas’ Harvey recovery “czar,” announced Tuesday that the figure was based on surveys of local officials and future U.S. Army Corps of Engineer proposals after the storm caused $180 billion in damages statewide.READ MORE: Authorities Search For Texas Man At Grand Teton National Park
Sixty percent would go for flood control, 33 percent to buying out and elevating flood-prone homes and buildings, with the rest earmarked for water utilities, roads and bridges and hazard mitigation.READ MORE: US Supreme Court To Consider Controversial Texas Abortion Law
Gov. Greg Abbott is in Washington lobbying for $60 billion.
Congress initially approved a Harvey aid package worth around $15 billion. A subsequent, $36.5 billion included funding for Hurricane-battered Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, and wildfire-ravaged California.MORE NEWS: Texas Mother And Son Arrested In Wyoming For Murder In Oklahoma
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