Texas approves $3 billion in flood control after Harvey

May 22, 2019
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows into neighborhoods from floodwaters brought on by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. Testimony has ended in the lawsuit by some Texas residents seeking U.S. government compensation after their land flooded when two federally owned reservoirs overflowed during Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Chronicle reports testimony wrapped up Friday, May 17, 2019, in Houston. Judge Charles Lettow of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, based in Washington, D.C., scheduled closing arguments Sept. 13. Harvey hit in August 2017, dumping dozens of inches of rain and swamping parts of the Houston area. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nearly two years after Hurricane Harvey battered Houston and the Texas coast, state lawmakers approved setting aside more than $3 billion to help pay for flood control projects.

The bill sent to Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday had been deemed a priority after the Category 4 hurricane struck the Texas coast in 2017 and dumped more than 50 inches of rain on Houston.

Harvey caused an estimated $125 billion in damage . At least 68 people directly died from Harvey’s effects.

The bill would allow local governments to apply for grants for flood control and planning projects.

A state report in January warned that powerful natural disasters on the scale of Harvey’s deadly destruction will become more frequent because of a changing climate.

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