Texas Asks Federal Govt. for $61B in Effort to Boost Hurricane Resilience

File photo of flooded homes are flooded near the Addicks Reservoir from Tropical Storm Harvey on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

November 10, 2017
OAN Newsroom

Texas is asking the federal government for $61 billion in funding for infrastructure improvement in order to prepare for future storms.

This request comes as state lawmakers estimate Hurricane Harvey caused $180 billion in damages.

The states officials argue that additional cash for infrastructure will allow Texas to boost its storm resilience.

They claim that instead of spending money on repairs every time a hurricane strikes the measure would help “fix the problem” once and for all.

Congress already approved $15 billion in assistance for the state’s immediate needs following Hurricane Harvey.

It is not yet known if Congress will be granting the additional “future proof” funds for the Lone Star State.

  • intimeforthedime

    for $61B you should be able to build a dang huge ace Hurricane bunker for everyone in that state!
    My word that is a lot of cash to fight nature.

  • …remain calm and return fire

    What? No. Does ‘Lone Star’ stand for anything?

  • Al Lejdly

    The flood prone areas are the densely populated coastal cities like Houston so it would make sense that these municipalities should plan for their own rainy day funds instead of buying votes by building personal stadiums, planting pretty trees and flowers and all the other things they waste money on.

  • Roscoe

    Just raise Texans taxes to pay for Texas problems. What kind of moron builds in flood plain and then hopes for the best? You can’t navigate Houston after a good rain storm. Of course the elephant in the room is why did home owners not have flood insurance? Because they were spending that money hoping for the best. If you don’t like the effects of hurricanes where you live then move to where hurricanes are not a problem. Kansas has never been flooded by a hurricane.

    • Al Lejdly

      I’ll take a hurricane down here any day over your tornadoes. I have time to get out of the way.

      • Roscoe

        Good for you Al. Just have flood insurance and be able to care for you and yours for a week or so till the flood recedes. By the way I don’t live in Kansas. I live in Georgia but away from the coast.

        • Al Lejdly

          I was born and raised in Houston but that was back when I could say I was proud of that city. Went through Hurricane Carla in 1960 and there was little flooding but as years went by and the city didn’t plan drainage to keep up with the growth, the flooding got worse. The Wife and I are as happy as Mud Hens up in the country now about 70 miles from the coast. We picked a retirement home high on a ridge and all of that Harvey rain never flooded the street which is at least two feet lower than the property. A lot of the older areas of Houston and their older residents are the ones I feel for because they never flooded in the past. Some areas can’t even get insurance now. Georgia? Nice!

          • Roscoe

            When I retired we had a house built right in the middle of 80 acres I owned to deer hunt on. I built it on a ridge so I didn’t have to worry about rain or mud sliding down a hill. We are about 130 or so miles away from Savannah so we just get wind and rain here. Trees fall over and take out power lines but I have a 20KWH generator that runs on a 330 gallon propane tank buried in the back yard and powers half of the house plus the heat and AC. We lost power 3 1/2 days after that last one went up the cost.

          • Al Lejdly

            Good for you. Sounds like a little Heaven on Earth. We actually downsized from 67 acres near the city to 1 acre in the sticks. Working full time and working that small farm wore me out. Went from a 55 horse John Deere to a 23 horse Z-Turn and I hate having to mow just the one acre with it and it’s 54″. I guess I got lazy in my retirement LOL. We’re 32 miles from the nearest Walmart and 5 miles from the closest gas station and that’s just fine with me.

          • Roscoe

            I have friends that farm and that is definitely not for me however I do have a 32 horse Montana tractor with a bucket and bush hog that I keep the trails and driveway up with. I have 2 – 3 miles of ATV trails. I also have a Z Turn for the yard but only a 46 in. cut. I have a 14000sq. foot fenced back yard and 6000 front yard. It is Bermuda sod and has expanded itself to where I cut about 30,000 sq. feet. It has to stop at the tree line so the front yard is fixed as is the back but the side has a long way it can go.

          • Al Lejdly

            That sounds real nice. Haven’t heard the name Montana in awhile but do know they are dependable tractors. I still have my JD 2155 and two Bush Hogs down at the old place and will bring them up hopefully after Christmas.

          • Roscoe

            The Montana is a 3 cyl. diesel that has a South Korean Manufacturer that made them under various names for American distributors. They stopped that and now sell under their own brand name. I do not think Montana exists any more but I am sure that that they sell them under the new name that I don’t remember anymore. I have a JD hat and shirt but that is all that I could afford that is green.

          • Al Lejdly

            Oh I can’t afford a new green one either, I got mine at online auction here from a municipality here hat I knew of their good maintenance practices. I got it and a Bush Hog 306 for $4,500. Got it in 2011 and it is a 92 model that had 2800 hrs on it which is low for a tractor. It already had a lot of replacement parts, like seat, steering link and new exhaust. Oh, and it’s highway yeller which is great because the repaint was better quality than JD’s paint which fades and then rusts. The 2050 – 55’s’s and 2155’s were made in Germany.

          • Roscoe

            You are a smart man! I was tractor stupid and just wanted something new that I could maintain from the start. I paid 12 thousand for the tractor, bush hog and a box blade which was thousands cheaper then JD, Kabota, and Mahindra had for comparable units.

          • Al Lejdly

            That was a good price for all that new. To me, Kubota is overrated and overpriced. Before I found this one I was eyeing the Mahindra’s. When I first got interested they were cheap but as time went by I noticed the prices going up. IIRC they are made in India?

          • Roscoe

            As far as I know they are made in India. The manufacturing in India, quality has really gone up all around. If I had not found the Montana I would have bought a Mahindra. Harley makes some models in India now. Lots of name motorcycles are produced in India now. As quality rises the value of skilled employees goes up and the prices rise.

  • A marcus Young

    Only under condition that the next natural disaster is on the state’s dime

  • landy fincannon

    Remind me again, how many trillions have gone unaccounted for in the pentagon?

    In this ahe of multi trillion dollar budgets 20.000 accountants couldn’t uncover the waste fraud and abuse.

    But hey, why should we be concerned?
    Because we have been made the sureties for the national debt. Through surreptitiously written adhesion contracts.

  • My Head

    Stop building where it repetitively floods, then the money wasted on NFIP (which we, the taxpayers fund) can be used somewhere other than a continuous insurance fraud loop. The very rare floods I am okay supporting, but for those who want to live at an elevation of -2, suck it up, buttercup.

  • Localdude

    …maybe its just me…but…isn’t it a bad idea to build in ‘low lying areas’..? near a resevour…in a low coastal area..

    • ProudArmyVet_MP

      Let’s see. Houston has been in the same spot for over 160 years. The entire area around Houston is ‘low lying’ compared to, say, Denver. Maybe we should move Miami, New Orleans, Charleston, etc. Building mitigating systems seems to have worked for hundreds of years why not now? Seems they worked for the Dutch.

      • Localdude

        yep. it is vast. I was looking at the maps during the last event. The geological maps provide elevations and terrain. That area experienced explosive growth over the past couple decades. The army corps. have done just fantastic jobs in all of these places. But – just sayin then…why is the rest of the country on the hook for repeated rebuilds in these types of areas? These are foreseeable issues. Its a valid question. I think the local governments, hungry for revenue as well as the developers have a bit more incentive than is ethically sound. There is flood insurance as well as the knowledge base. This issue may sustain a rethink…

  • Theo Stall

    Gee, we sure could use the $150 Billion in cash for these 2 hurricane disasters..that Obama gave Iran to build NUKES and sponsor terrorism
    .
    Another “THANKS OBAMA!”

    • Ray

      Isn’t it amazing how that Obama payoff has been buried by the MSM?

      • brandehhh

        No its not buried. People know. Maybe it’ll come to light one day with Clinton…

      • Al Lejdly

        What Obama payoff? LOL