On April 17 to 30, 2016 and May 22 to June 24, 2016, the City of Baytown sustained grave damages from two major flooding events. As a result of the severity of the flooding events, both were later Presidentially Declared disasters in Harris County, including the City of Baytown. According to FEMA, during this period, Harris County sustained damages due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. Additionally, FEMA lists approximately 11,350 residents in Texas were affected. 25 properties were destroyed, 2,099 suffered major damages, 4,323 suffered minor damages and almost 5,000 others were affected in some way.
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Texas General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded the state of Texas $45.2 million to assist in long-term recovery efforts following severe flooding events that occurred in 2016. The 2016 Floods and Storms overwhelmed the City of Baytown's primary drainage system. Heavy rainfall and debris caused flooding of homes, businesses, and streets. Damage to the drainage system prohibited storm water from draining effectively threatening public health, safety, and welfare. The City will conduct drainage infrastructure improvements to facilitate proper storm water conveyance and reduce the impact of future flooding.
On or about June 4, 2019, the City of Baytown, will submit a request to the General Land Office (GLO) for the release of Community Development Block Grant Act of 1974, as under Section 104 (F) of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended to undertake a project known as Baytown16GLO Flood – 19-076-002-B351 – EA for the purpose of improving street drainage and reducing localized flooding.
Any individual, group, or agency may submit written comments on the Environmental Assessment (EA) and/or Environmental Review Report (ERR) to City of Baytown City Hall, 2401 Market Street, Baytown, TX 77520. All comments received by June 3, 2019 or within eighteen (18) days following this posting (whichever is later) will be considered by the City of Baytown prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Comments should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing.