The City of Port Lavaca has been allocated $5,113,395 in Disaster Recovery Funds through the HUD Community Development Block Grant Program – (CDBG-DR) to be used toward eligible Infrastructure projects, impacted by Hurricane Harvey. At least 70% of the funds must be used for projects that will directly benefit Low-to-Moderate income residents. Eligible projects include projects such as flood and drainage, utilities and street improvements.

The City has generally identified the area of eligibility as that which is bordered along the northwest by Main Street, along the southwest by Corporation Ditch, along the southeast by South Street and by Lavaca Bay on the northeast. Mayor Jack Whitlow and Fire Chief Joe Reyes have provided eye-witness accounts of significant street flooding during Hurricane Harvey in the area south of Center Street and west of Virginia Street, as well as S. Lavaca and S. Juanita Streets, south of Austin Streets.

City staff, along with their consultants CivilCorp and Grantworks are preparing the grant application to present for public comments by mid-July and submittal to the General land Office by the dead-line of August 31. Because the city was under a mandatory evacuation order during the storm event, we have not been made aware of any other first-hand accounts of flooding in this area, besides the mayor and city staff that stayed through the hurricane.

This $5.1M funding has been allocated to Port Lavaca, but the city will only see the money if the submitted infrastructure project is