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City will receive $1.3M grant to purchase flood-prone homes

City earns state grant to purchase flood-prone homes
Posted at 6:29 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 19:33:40-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — We could soon find out which homes in high-risk flood areas will be bought out by the city.

This weekend, the Texas General Land Office announced it was giving the city of Corpus Christi a $1.3 million grant.

The money will be used so the city can buy-out homes - and then help the people who live there - move to an area that doesn't flood as often.

Mayor Joe McComb said today it’s exciting news for the city.

“It would be realistically speaking cheaper to buy the people's property than to continue to try to go in there to maintain,” McComb said. “If it’s a natural flood place, then when we have these intermittent rains, that we don't have very often. But when we do, it creates a problem.

“It's just to purchase the houses and make them open space or something.”

There's no word yet on how many homes will be bought out or in what parts of town the city is looking at.

The mayor said the city manager may update everyone on how the program will work during tomorrow’s city council meeting.