Congressman Vela announces $1.2 million DHS/FEMA Grant for Harlingen

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX) announced that the City of Harlingen, Texas will receive $1,121,329 in grant funds from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for a street drainage project. This grant will fund the 9th and 13th Streets Drainage Project – Phase 2, by upgrading the existing storm water drainage systems.

The project proposes to improve drainage infrastructure to mitigate flooding of streets, homes and businesses in the area of the 9th & 13th street storm sewer system. Project activities will consist of removing the existing drainage systems and replacing them with larger and more adequate drainage components, including manholes and curb inlets, along the length of the project. 

The project will also involve some minor utility adjustments, pavement restoration, curbs and gutter work, and installation of new cross drain pipes. These improvements will help alleviate flooding and will address future flooding problems in the neighborhood.

“FEMA’s award will help the City of Harlingen provide much-needed upgrades to their storm sewer and drainage systems,” said Vela. “These funds are a great step forward in addressing the ongoing flooding issues in the region.”

“The City of Harlingen is elated to be the recipient of the FEMA grant to support Phase 2 of the 9th and 13th Streets Drainage Projects,” said Mayor Chris Boswell.  “We are more than grateful to our federal delegation for their support of this funding to meet critical drainage needs for our city.”

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