Texas needs more than $61 billion in additional federal assistance due to Harvey

Posted at 1:42 PM, Oct 31, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-31 16:55:02-04

The state of Texas needs more than $61 billion in additional federal assistance.

According to Commissioner John Sharp with the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas, Hurricane Harvey caused an estimate of $180 billion in damages.

The amount represents the portion of public infrastructures such as roads, bridges, schools, government buildings and other public facilities.

Also factored in the amount is projects designed to mitigate the impact of storms in the future.

The $61 billion is separate from the amount Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and excludes the cost of temporary and permanent housing needs for individuals.

About 60 percent of the money is for flood control. 33 percent to buy out and elevate houses and buildings in flood-prone areas, and the remainder for hazard mitigation. 

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