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Rep. Zwiener Hosts Town Hall on Flood Mitigation with Chairman Phelan  print page

by: Rep. Zwiener, Erin

Kyle, TX — On Friday, over 40 community members and elected officials from Hays and Blanco counties joined Representative Erin Zwiener (Driftwood) and Chairman Dade Phelan (Beaumont) in San Marcos to discuss flood mitigation infrastructure and Proposition 8, one of the constitutional amendments to be voted on by Texans this November.

"Proposition 8 proposes a constitutional amendment to the Texas Constitution that, if approved, would create the Flood Infrastructure Fund to assist in the financing of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects across the state of Texas," said Chairman Phelan. "We are in need of a statewide, cooperative effort to "future-proof" the state against future disasters."

The legislature appropriated $1.7 billion from the state's "Rainy Day Fund" for flood control projects and repairs across the state. This includes both structural projects such as levees and berms and nonstructural such as protecting riparian health. Passing Proposition 8 will ensure those dollars are protected in a special fund after 2021.

“Here in Hays and Blanco counties, residents are well aware of the devastating impact that flooding can have on our communities,” said Rep. Zwiener. “We need a watershed-based approach to plan flood mitigation projects across political boundaries. Proposition 8 will help us do that.”

Chairman Phelan and Representative Zwiener emphasized how additional funds for these projects will help leverage federal dollars and bring Texans' tax dollars home. Voters will have an opportunity to approve Proposition 8 in the November 5th election.

“The Flood Infrastructure Fund is a proactive tool to help Texans adapt and prepare for our more and more frequent flooding,” said Rep. Zwiener. “Building resilience as climate change shifts our flood patterns is critical, and I’m very grateful to Chairman Phelan for joining us today and for his leadership on Proposition 8.”

Proposition 8 is just one component of a package of disaster and flood mitigation legislation passed in the 86th Legislative Session in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Other pieces include the creation of a statewide flood control plan, the creation of a disaster recovery task force, and Proposition 3, which will allow local governments to offer tax exemptions in disaster areas.

"The projects funded by the Flood Infrastructure Fund will be multi-jurisdictional and multi-generational," said Chairman Phelan. "[Proposition 8] applies lessons learned from Hurricane Harvey to improve response and recovery statewide and is critical for creating a more resilient Texas."

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