The city of San Marcos is receiving more money from the government in an effort to prevent future flooding. This week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded an addition $24 million, bringing the total awarded to more than $55 million since the 2015 flood.
Since then, the city has been working on various plans and designs to mitigate flooding in neighborhoods and around the city. “Major projects are going to be infrastructure projects which move rainwater from the residential areas to the river quickly so that they don’t stay there and flood people’s homes,” said San Marcos Housing and Community Development Manager Stacy Brown.
Millions of dollars have been put towards new drainage systems, elevating homes and roadway reconstruction. The extra money awarded will not only provide the opportunity to add more infrastructure projects but could help speed things along.
“We had already had lots of plans on the books that we really didn’t have any money to do it, so now with the future funds we can implement infrastructure projects and housing programs to help protect the citizens,” said Brown.
Brown says projects are planned for almost every part of the city. “We have a whole list of projects I just received this morning from the engineering department, like $100,000 worth of projects,” she said.
Residents will begin to see construction on projects for the first round of money awarded to the city last year as early as this summer. The $24 million received this week must be spent in the next two years.