Texas Rep. Dade Phelan is reminding subdivisions within District 21 to apply for special funding meant to improve infrastructure to mitigate flooding in hurricane-prone Southeast Texas.
Phelan released the following statement June 5 regarding the upcoming June 15 deadline to submit applications for funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund:
“I would like to remind political subdivisions in House District 21 and across the state that the deadline to submit the abridged application to receive funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) is Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:00pm,” said Representative Phelan. “The FIF was created to assist regions of the state that experience flooding, and I strongly encourage cities, counties, and other eligible applicants to apply for this financial assistance that is critical to our effort to rebuild our communities and to plan and protect our state against future storms.”
During the 86th Legislative Session, the Texas legislature passed legislation creating the FIF, and it was approved by voters in the form of a constitutional amendment in November 2019. The FIF program provides financial assistance in the form of loans and grants for flood control, flood mitigation, and drainage projects.
The Texas Water Development Board oversees the administration of the FIF and is working collaboratively with the Texas General Land and Texas Division of Emergency Management to assist communities in determining which of the available funding sources for flood-related projects is the best fit for them. The Flood Information Clearinghouse Committee (FLICC) represents an ongoing multi-agency effort to maximize the effective utilization of the public funding resources and help communities identify the source they would like to purse for funding.
For additional information and resources, including the FIF Abridged Application, please visit www.twdb.texas.gov/financial/programs/fif or call (512) 463-7847.
Representative Phelan is serving his third term in the Texas House of Representatives. He proudly serves House District 21, representing both Jefferson and Orange Counties. He serves as the Chairman of the House Committee on State Affairs.