Abbott puts Bush in charge of disaster mitigation effort

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Abbott puts Bush in charge of disaster mitigation effort


AUSTIN — A plan is afoot for large-scale, regional projects to improve the state’s resilience to hurricanes and other natural disasters, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Oct. 4.

Abbott tapped Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to lead the federally funded $4 billion-plus “comprehensive mitigation” effort. Funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under a community development block grant.

“Today we are pushing forward with the single-largest mitigation program our state has ever seen,” Abbott said. “Commissioner Bush and I are committed to working together in partnership with HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) and the Texas Division of Emergency Management to maximize the impact of this funding.”

HUD on Aug. 23 released mandatory rules for the use of more than $4.3 billion in congressionally appropriated funding to be administered by the Texas General Land Office. Funding has been earmarked for projects as follows:

— $4,074,456,000 for Hurricane Harvey;



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