More Than $12.5 Million For Water Related Projects Across Texas, Hidalgo County To Benefit

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The state gives the go ahead for more than $12.5 million for water-related projects across Texas.
Funds include more than $4 million for Hidalgo County. It will begin a study on a larger $400 million drainage project that covers most of the valley.

The Texas Water Development Board approved the money for the drainage system. It set to break ground in Hidalgo County in October. The agency’s chairman said this helps regions meet their infrastructure needs, as the state continues to grow. In many places in Hidalgo County, it takes on an added importance because of severe flooding during major rain events.

Bech Bruun – Texas Water Development Board Chairman said, “It’ll actually go to reimburse what has already been spent as planning funds thus far, by the Hidalgo County Drainage District #1. The project is also referred to the Raymondville drain. It was actually estimated to be an over $400 million regional project that will be constructed over time.”

Joseph Palacios – Hidalgo County Commissioner PCT. 4 said, “This grant is going to be instrumental in allowing us to advance drainage infrastructure in our area. The project is the number one ranked project that has been on the books for decades.”

A quarter of the money granted was designated for projects in rural parts of Texas. Given the growth in cities like Edinburg and McAllen, much of Hidalgo County is rural.

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