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Millions in disaster relief funding to go towards flood victims of RGV

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Millions in disaster relief funding to go towards flood victims of RGV (Source: KGBT Photo)

Money is on the way to Hidalgo and Cameron County residents who were impacted by the devastating floods of both June 2018 and June 2019. 

Texas Senator John Cornyn announced $285,654,000 would go to Texas counties for recovery efforts. 

“Texas received $289 million. From what we can tell Hidalgo County will receive no less than $53 million, but as much as possible $71 million,” said Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez. 

The exact figure is still pending as the grant was just announced Tuesday, however, Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez says that money will go straight to residents impacted by the June floods. 

“If you’ve lost something, your house was damaged, it’ll be a combination of replacing your housing and providing drainage, so hopefully it won’t happen again- it’ll actually go to people,” said Cortez. 

The grant money will go to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and from there, residents affected by the flooding can apply for the money that will be administered by the county. 

Cameron County will also be getting funding for disasters in 2019. 

That exact number is still unknown, however, Senator John Cornyn said, “Texans have endured relentless storms in the past two years and many are still recovering from the resulting damage and I’m thankful to the Trump Administration for providing these federal grants to help Texas families return to normalcy.”

Since the June Floods, 37 different drainage projects are in the works, some of which have already been completed to better improve the drainage and infrastructure throughout Hidalgo County. 

County officials say because the grant is so new and was just announced, details as to when and how residents can apply for funding will come in the near future. 

CBS 4 will keep you updated as more information about this disaster recovery grant as it becomes available. 


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