HOUSTON (AP) – The US Department of Housing and Urban Development has halted the distribution of $ 1.95 billion that had been approved for flood mitigation projects in Texas in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.
A press release from HUD said the Texas General Land Office had not provided documents detailing how the money would be spent to help people and communities threatened by natural disasters and climate change and said the State had 45 days to provide the information.
“We look forward to receiving and reviewing Texas’ submission of additional information necessary for approval,” the statement said on Friday. “We hope Texas takes the necessary steps to initiate forward-looking and much-needed mitigation projects in the state.”
Brittany Eck, spokesperson for Land Commissioner George P. Bush, said the Chronicle of Houston that the agency provided HUD with a 628-page document that met the required documents.
“The partisan political game played by the Biden administration puts Texans at risk,” Eck said. “HUD needs to approve this funding now, before the next storm hits. “
In 2018, Congress approved approximately $ 4.3 billion in mitigation funding in Texas as a result of Hurricane Harvey, which struck in 2017 and caused damage estimated at $ 125 billion in the state, primarily in Houston and Harris County.