House Committee Hears City Officials’ Harvey-Related Concern

On Wednesday, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Disaster Impact and Recovery met in Corpus Christi to hear testimony on the following interim charge:

Examine the use of federal funds by state agencies responding to the effects of Hurricane Harvey and identify opportunities to maximize the use of federal funds to reduce the impact of future natural disasters. Also identify the need for state resources to respond to Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts, as well as opportunities for state investment in infrastructure projects that will reduce the impact of future natural disasters.

The mayors of Corpus Christi, Fulton, and Port Aransas characterized the federal response to Harvey’s destruction as inadequate, especially as it relates to finding Texans temporary housing. (The lack of state funding for recovery efforts was also a concern.)

Land Commissioner George P. Bush testified at length about the responsibilities of the General Land Office, which is overseeing housing recovery. He recognized that there is frustration over temporary housing needs.             

The select committee will hold another hearing in the near future in the Beaumont area.

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