A state agency plans to hire a contractor to help develop Texas' first statewide flood plan after Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 40 inches of rain over the Texas Coast, officials announced Thursday.

The Texas Water Development Board issued a request for qualifications to hire a state flood plan contractor Thursday. The board will have an open meeting for potential contractors Wednesday in Austin.

The contractor would be responsible for coordinating stakeholder outreach to identify, compile and summarize data associated with flood mitigation in Texas, according to the board.

The contractor also would assess existing financial programs for flood mitigation and protection and determine capital costs for building flood infrastructure and make recommendations to the agency for reducing flood risks in Texas, according to the board.

The agency wants to have its first state-wide flood plan completed by December 2018, according to the board.

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