Congressman Michael McCaul

Representing the 10th District of Texas

McCaul Votes to Nearly Double Federal Disaster Aid

Dec 21, 2017
Press Release
Texas in line for billions of dollars for projects to prevent future flooding

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, with my support the House of Representatives passed a supplemental disaster recovery funding package to provide relief from Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters. This package will not only provide relief to victims of Harvey, it will allow Texas to move forward on several crucial flood mitigation projects, like the Cypress Creek Reservoir Project, to prevent future disasters. Texas and Florida congressional delegations joined forces to significantly increase the original $44 billion funding request from the Office of Management and Budget. In addition to more FEMA, housing, business, agriculture, infrastructure and economic development funding, the measure includes $12.5 billion to help communities protect against future natural disasters and prevent repetitive costs. 

Upon passage by a 251 to 169 margin, a coalition of U.S. Representatives Michael McCaul, Kevin Brady, Brian Babin, John Culberson, Pete Olson, Ted Poe, and Randy Weber from districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey issued the following joint statement:
“This is a breakthrough for preventing future flooding. In addition to funding Texas’s ongoing recovery needs, we have succeeded in securing billions of dollars to prevent future flooding of our homes and communities. Texas could be eligible for up to $15 billion in aid, including a $10.5 billion pool for flood mitigation projects. Many of our key regional projects can move forward with this funding, some of which are already authorized and awaiting funding – others which require updated studies and assessment as a crucial first step.”   

In the wake of the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey and the other natural disasters that struck across America in 2017, Congress crafted legislation to provide relief and recovery funds to the affected areas. Alongside important FEMA Disaster Relief Funds and HUD Community Development Block Grants, this includes additional funding for the United States Army Corps of Engineers. 

Eligible Projects Include:
- Addicks and Barker Reservoir Dam System Improvement Study including Cypress Creek Reservoir Project & Harris County Buyout Project
- Galveston County Coastal Spine Project
- Clear Creek Flood Damage Reduction (Watershed) Project
- Montgomery County Reservoir Project Study
- Metropolitan Houston Regional Watershed Assessment
- Houston Ship Channel Repairs 
- Brays Bayou Flood Risk Management Project
- Hunting Bayou Flood Risk Management Project
- White Oak Bayou Flood Risk Management Project; and
- Wharton Levee Flood Protection System Project

Immediately after Hurricane Harvey struck the state of Texas, Congressman McCaul was on the ground offering his assistance and assessing the damage from the historic flooding.  Since then, he has been working with local, state, and federal officials and using his position as Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security to ensure families in TX-10 and around the state receive the relief they need and to make sure this type of disaster is prevented in the future. Click here watch a recap of Congressman McCaul leading Harvey recovery efforts from day one. (Duration 1:35)