LEAGUE CITY

Galveston County’s biggest city will receive about almost $7 million in federal funding to buyout 15 homes, officials have announced.

The Texas General Land Office has approved $6.98 million for League City via a Hurricane Harvey grant program to buy 15 homes in flood-prone areas, officials with the office said.

“These recovery funds are critical to protecting lives, homes and businesses from future storms,” Commissioner George P. Bush said.

Hurricane Harvey struck the region in late August 2017, dropping more than 50 inches of rain on some parts of the county and flooding more than 20,000 homes.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development tabbed $5.67 billion for community development block grant disaster recovery funds after Hurricane Harvey struck Texas, officials said.

The land office is overseeing dispersal of those funds, officials said. About $413 million of that is set aside for infrastructure projects, officials said.

Matt deGrood: 409-683-5230; matt.degrood@galvnews.com

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(4) comments

David Schuler

Seven million dollars divided by 15 is $466K per house. Either someone is getting a really sweet deal or money has become candy to hand out as if it were Trick or Treat.

Gary Scoggin

That does seem high for properties whose value should be depressed. Even in Friendswood.

Gary Scoggin

I meant League City. Oops.

Ted Gillis

Unless everything has already been worked out ahead of time, you gotta pay somebody to administer the grant. Don’t forget to add in permits, demolition, haul off, and remediation. That all costs money, and don’t forget us project managers don’t work for free either......although sometimes it does feel that way.

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