Fort Bend County Secures Over $42 Million for Flood Mitigation Projects in Collaborative Project Brazos Initiative

Fort Bend County Secures Over $42 Million for Flood Mitigation Projects in Collaborative Project Brazos Initiative

May 31 2024

A significant advancement in Fort Bend County's flood mitigation efforts took place on May 30 as Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham announced over $42 million in funding for crucial projects. The announcement comes as part of a collaborative initiative between the city, the county, and the state, dubbed "Project Brazos", according to a release issued by Fort Bend County.

Commissioner Buckingham, hosted by Fort Bend County Judge KP George and Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman, highlighted the pivotal role of this funding in improving the county's resilience against future storms. "Today marks a significant milestone in our efforts to safeguard Fort Bend County and its residents from future storms," Buckingham stated. "With more than $68 million allocated for crucial erosion repair projects, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and resilience of our communities."

These funds are earmarked for key erosion repair projects along the Brazos River and important evacuation routes, covering locations such as IH 69, Sugar Land Memorial Park, FBC LID 10, Steep Bank Creek, Mustang Bayou Detention, and the HGAC Simonton Pinch Point Project.

The ceremony was conducted at the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Hangar, with Commissioner Buckingham presenting ceremonial checks to Judge KP George amounting to $38,492,516, Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman receiving $4,063,600, and Houston Galveston Area Council (HGAC) CEO Chuck Wemple receiving $25,825,900.

Following the check presentation, an aerial tour of some of the Project Brazos sites was embarked upon by County Judge George, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, and Commissioner Buckingham, to witness the areas poised to benefit from the flood mitigation efforts.

Judge KP George emphasized the importance of this partnership during his statement, praising the initiative as crucial protective measures for the safety of present and future residents of Fort Bend County. "I look forward to continuing this partnership and seeing the positive outcome of these essential projects,” stated Judge George.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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