Major disaster mitigation projects coming to Brazos Valley counties
Grimes County will receive $14.9 million in grants from the Texas General Land Offices
IOLA, Texas (KBTX) -Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced last week that Grimes County among five other counties in the Brazos Valley will receive a combined $65.7 million in disaster mitigation grants. Grimes County is set to receive $14.9 million to improve roads, wastewater, sewage and address flooding.
The cities of Bedias and Iola will receive most of the improvements in the county. The City of Iola is expected to use over $10 million in funding to improve its wastewater system. County officials say plans are in the works to build a new central wastewater collection and treatment system, which will be the first for the city.
The city of Bedias is expected to use nearly $4 million on flood improvement and drainage projects. Projects include grading ditches, replacing driveways and culverts, stabilizing roads and asphalt and paving projects. The General Land Office says the infrastructure projects are designed to benefit areas that face receptive sore damage dating back to 2015 through 2017 with Hurricane Harvey.
Grimes County Judge Joe Fauth says the county has had five disaster declarations since 2015 related to excessive rain and flooding.
“Like in 2015 just about the time when we’re getting that all improved we get hit again with 2016, about the time we get the improvements done from the flooding in 2016 hurricane Harvey hits us,” said Fauth.
Fauth says Iola and Bedias will carry out the projects and the county will be there to assist if needed.
“When they get this work done it’s going to improve the geography of their cities in turn it helps to improve the overall flood control, flood mitigation throughout the entire part of grimes county.”
Rep. Ben Leman (R-District 13) represents three of the counties receiving funding. He says he appreciates county officials working hard to secure the much-needed funding to better protect and serve communities from disasters.
Burleson County is set to receive $9.2 million, Milam County is set to receive 27.3 million, Waller County is set to receive 9.3 Million and Washington County is set to receive five million.
No official timeline has been set to when these projects will begin.
To find out more about each individual project click links below.
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