Victoria’s City Council approved resolutions Tuesday to take next steps toward getting $8.4 million in federal funding for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
The resolutions were about two federal grants the city was allocated in the wake of Harvey: a $6 million grant for infrastructure projects and a $2.4 million grant for local buyouts in the city’s flood-prone neighborhoods.
Assistant City Manager John Kaminski said Tuesday that approving the resolutions was “basically some housekeeping” that needed to be addressed before the grant applications can be submitted.
Previously, Kaminski said the $6 million for infrastructure will largely be used to improve drainage in flood-prone areas, including installing and repairing floodgates along the Guadalupe River and installing a permanent pump station to pump stormwater over the levee and into the river when the floodgates are closed.
The $2.4 million for buyouts will allow the city to buy homes in the city’s flood plains, then demolish the structures, leaving permanent open spaces.
Kaminski said Tuesday that he hopes to return to the council in two weeks with resolutions to approve the grant applications rather than wait until the deadline at the end of August because applications are reviewed as they are received.
“It’s not that we won’t get the money, it’s that the longer we wait to turn in the applications, the longer we wait to get the money,” he said.
This funding comes from the $5 billion the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development designated to Texas after the storm. The money is distributed via HUD’s Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery and is being administered locally by the Texas General Land Office.