Feds send $4 billion for levee projects in Southeast Texas

Orange County

President Trump allocated $5 billion for projects across Texas, but almost all of it could come to Jefferson and Orange Counties.

The US Army Corps of Engineers would spend the money raise the levee that already surrounds Port Arthur and South Jefferson County.

In addition to that, they're proposing building a new levee along the Neches river in Port Neches.

County Judge Jeff Branick says this is a great investment into the county.

Not only to prevent the flooding of residents, but also to protect the petrochemical industry in the area as well.

In Orange County, there is a major plan to build 27 miles of levee around the county.

While Branick was encouraged about the investment to protect the area, Orange County Judge Dean Crooks was more skeptical.

He says the project would require a 35% match from the county, equating to close to $700 million.

The governor applauded the Corps of Engineers saying, "this funding will go a long way toward future-proofing Texas against another hurricane and strengthening our infrastructure to withstand dangerous flooding."

Senator Cruz weighed in saying, "this funding will help the state strengthen and improve the infrastructure necessary to mitigate against future hurricane and flooding events."

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