Fort Bend County was granted over $21 million in funds from the Texas General Land Office to conduct a buyout program stemming from property losses related to Hurricane Harvey.

The county will conduct a buyout program targeting approximately 100 homes most vulnerable to flooding.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the move, saying Fort Bend County was overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey as heavy rainfall caused flooding of streets and homes, threatening public health, safety, and welfare.

“Hurricane Harvey devastated communities across the Texas Coast,” Bush said in a statement. “These recovery funds are critical to protecting lives, homes and businesses from future storms. We continue to work with our partners in communities across the region to leverage these resources efficiently and effectively to benefit Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey.”

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Bush and the TGLO to lead the housing recovery effort after Harvey.

Texas received over $5.7 billion in disaster recovery and community development funding.

Fort Bend County Judge KP George addressed the issue at last week’s commissioner’s court meeting, saying that those interested in the program should contact the General Land Office and have a case manager help them see if they qualify.

To review the approved methods of distribution, visit https://recovery.texas.gov/action-plans/hurricane-harvey/index.html.

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