Houston seeking residents input on winter storm draft action plan and budget

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Action 13: 'Winter Storm - One Year Later' town hall
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One year after the deadly winter storm in Texas, Eyewitness News anchors Gina Gaston and Tom Abrahams are getting answers to your questions about the reliability of the Texas power grid.

HOUSTON, Texas -- More than a year after a winter storm hit Texas, the city of Houston is still dealing with the long-term effects of the freeze, which caused damage to homes, businesses and infrastructure.

The video above is from a previous report.

The Houston Housing and Community Development Department held a virtual meeting on Tuesday giving residents a chance to provide input on a draft action plan and budget. During the meeting, the HCDD will also give information on the grant process for repairs, long-term disaster recovery programs, disaster effects and resilience in the community.

According to a July 15 CitizensNet message, the city will receive over $30 million in long-term disaster recovery grants that will be used to address the effects of the winter storm and enhance resilience for future disaster events.

In March 2021, a month after the storm hit, Houston City Council approved $9.9 million in a slew of infrastructure repairs. The money was to be spent on nearly 20 projects that ranged from installing generators at water system facilities to waterline repairs.

To attend the meeting, residents can either join the Microsoft Teams link or watch the Facebook live stream at @HoustonHCDD. Those who cannot attend the meeting can give feedback through a resident survey or by submitting comments to hcddplanning@houstontx.gov.


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