WESLACO, Texas – Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham has sent another $43 million in federal dollars to south and southeast Texas to help fund street, water, and drainage infrastructure projects.

Buckingham said the money will be help fund 44 federally approved projects that are being designed to help communities recover from the 2019 South Texas floods as well as Tropical Storm Imelda. 

The counties to benefit are Cameron, Chambers, Hidalgo, and Orange Counties. The municipalities to benefit are Beaumont, China, Combes, Daisetta, La Feria, La Villa, Laguna Vista, Liberty, Mercedes, Mission, Nome, Old River-Winfree, Orange, Palmview, Pasadena, Pine Forest, Pinehurst, Plum Grove, Port Arthur, Port Isabel, Primera, Rio Hondo, Santa Rosa, Splendora, Vidor, West Orange, and Woodloch. 

“Consecutive disasters have devastated communities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and Southeast Texas, but the Texas General Land Office is here to help,” Buckingham said. “These critical infrastructure awards will divert floodwaters away from homes, increase the resiliency of communities to respond to natural disasters, and restore peace of mind when the next storm hits.”

Buckingham visited the offices of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council (LRGVDC) to presented checks to the leaders of numerous counties and cities in the region. 

Afterwards she held a news conference. Here is what Buckingham said to reporters:


Cruz’s reaction

Manuel ‘Manny’ Cruz, executive director of LRGVDC, gave an interview to the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service about the check presentations. Here is what he said:


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