December 17, 2020 – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $1,599,750 in loan and grant funding from the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) for flood early warning system projects.
- $180,000 to the City of Bryan (Brazos County) to install a flood early warning system that will employ a suite of high flood water alert sensors at 20 flood prone roadway locations
- $174,000 to the Sabine River Authority (Van Zandt, Rusk, Shelby, San Augustine, Jasper, and Newton counties) to install six stream gages for stage-discharge and five gages for precipitation monitoring
- $500,000 to Val Verde County to install flood monitoring equipment at eight sites and a communication tower to create a flood early warning system
- $745,750 to the City of Fredericksburg (Gillespie County) for a flood early warning system with automatic flood gates and warning flashers at low water crossings
The approved projects are eligible for FIF funding under category 4, measures immediately effective in protecting life and property, of the 2020 Flood Intended Use Plan. This category of funding was designed for projects that can be implemented quickly and are understood to be immediately effective in protecting life and property.
Passed by the 86th Texas Legislature and approved by voters through a constitutional amendment in 2019, the FIF was created to provide funding for drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.
The TWDB is the state agency charged with collecting and disseminating water-related data, assisting with regional water and flood planning, and preparing the state water and flood plans. The TWDB administers cost-effective financial assistance programs for the construction of water supply, wastewater treatment, flood control, and agricultural water conservation projects.