Monday, May 28, 2012

Guillen Announces $2 Million in State Grants for Starr Co.

State Representative Ryan Guillen announced May 25th that Starr County, the City of Roma, and the City of Escobares will be the recipients of Disaster Recovery grants totaling $2 million to help in the county's and cities' efforts to repair flood damage, install street lighting, and solve drainage issues.

"Strong, reliable infrastructure must be present for our South Texas communities to continue to thrive in the years to come," said Rep. Guillen. "These grants are another step in the right direction for Starr County and they are testament to the hard work and dedication of local leaders."

In response to devastation caused by Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, the Federal government has provided approximately $3 billion to Texas to assist in recovery efforts. These funds have been provided to help communities across the state address  important infrastructure needs affecting their residents. Infrastructure funds are available to help local communities rebuild or improve infrastructure, such as flood control, street repair, and water or sewer facility improvements.  In addition to damages caused by Hurricanes Ike and Dolly, the Disaster Recovery grants would help alleviate any future flood damage.

Previously administered by the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) and Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA), the Texas General Land Office is now the lead state agency managing Disaster Recovery Grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

For more information on the Texas General Land Office's Disaster Recovery Program, please visit

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