EDINBURG –Dozens of Hidalgo County residents living in areas heavily impacted by flood waters will soon see infrastructure improvements to their community. Hidalgo County Precinct 4 received a $2.9 million grant from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to assist in the recovery from the 2015-2016 floods and storm impacts.

“Our commitment to improving lives is what drives us to seek means that will progress and benefit our community,” said Commissioner Joseph Palacios. “With this mindset, an additional $2 million has been advocated for and awarded for housing assistance for the repair, reconstruction and elevation of approximately 25 single family homes within affected areas in Precinct 4.”

Working with the Urban County Program, Precinct 4 was able to submit and secure the grant to the Texas General Land Office. The Texas GLO serves the students, veterans, and the environment of Texas.

“Residents in low lying areas have been burdened with the results that come with flood water damage. Destruction of roads, property damages and safety hazards are just some of the hardships our communities have been challenged with through the course of time,” said Palacios.

This is one of several grants the county has secured in the past few years for drainage infrastructure bringing their total to more than $10 million in funding. Previously, Precinct 4 secured over $4 million in grant funding from Hurricane Dolly, which was invested towards the construction and acquisition of the Trenton and Alberta Drainage Systems. An additional $4.5 million of grant funds were obtained to develop new storm collection facilities, enhance pipe networking systems, roadside ditch regrades, culverts and inlets to progress the flow of water into the County’s drainage systems.