Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Helps Secure $4 Million Flood Mitigation Grant for Jersey Village
Houston, November 30, 2020 | Rocio Cruz
(Houston, TX) – Today, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) announced that the City of Jersey Village will receive a $4.23 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Following initial approval for federal funding for the Wall St. Drainage Improvements & Berm project, FEMA required a second Environmental and Historic Preservation review of the project, which would have caused delays and increased costs to the project. Fletcher stepped in urging FEMA to approve the project, explaining that any delay to this critical flood mitigation project could put the lives and property of Jersey Village residents at risk.
“After an active hurricane season this year, it is clear that we cannot wait to implement projects that will help mitigate flooding in our community,” said Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher. “I was glad to work with FEMA and the City of Jersey Village to ensure the federal funding for this project can be allocated as quickly as possible, and I will continue to partner with local and federal stakeholders to strengthen our region’s resiliency.”
“We would like to thank Congresswoman Fletcher for her great support in moving this project forward. Congresswoman Fletcher and her staff have been extremely helpful throughout the process. Her assistance has helped to cut through red tape and move this large flood mitigation product forward. The city and citizens of Jersey Village are extremely thankful for the support of Congresswoman Fletcher,” said Jersey Village Mayor Andrew Mitcham.
Federal funding for the Wall St. Drainage Improvements and Berm project will be allocated through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. This project is part of the long-term flood recovery projects put forth by Jersey Village to build comprehensive flood damage reduction in the region. The estimated total cost of the project is $5,912,612, with a federal share of $4,227,447.
Congresswoman Fletcher’s letter to FEMA can be found here.
FEMA’s response and letter of approval can be found here.