Request for Applications for Flood Protection Grants

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) requests applications for the possible award of grants for early warning systems, the implementation of local strategies for alerting and responding to floods, or flood protection planning. TWDB will accept applications that include political subdivisions in Texas that have the authority to plan for and implement projects related to flood protection. Applicants or the beneficiaries of the application have to be participants in the National Flood Insurance Program or have applied to participate in the National Flood Insurance Program.

Purpose and Objectives

The purpose of this request for applications is to provide assistance to political subdivisions to implement preventive and/or corrective measures for reducing loss of life and property. These measures take a variety of forms and may include the installation of early warning systems and the development of response plans to protect life and property from floodwaters. The TWDB expects that these measures will complement and enhance existing agency efforts related to installing weather stations, developing near real-time and online flood information, and providing floodplain management resources to local entities. In light of significant and deadly flooding events in 2015, TWDB is placing a high priority on enhancing the abilities of communities to warn citizens and respond to flood emergencies in a timely and effective manner.

The intent of early warning systems is to provide a tool for communities to warn its constituents in the event of a flood. Examples include but are not limited to

  • sirens;
  • reverse 911 call systems;
  • automatic reporting for river and/or rainfall gauges; and
  • information technology to monitor, detect, and assimilate data for flood prediction

The intent of implementing local strategies to respond to floods is to help communities respond to and recover from a flood to avoid long-term hardships associated with the event. This can include, but is not limited to,

  • hazard analysis and remediation,
  • mitigation activities,
  • evacuation plans, and
  • outreach to constituents to relay information on mitigation and evacuation.

The intent of flood protection planning is to

  • assist political subdivisions to develop flood protection strategies for watersheds through structural and non-structural measures,
  • determine and describe problems from or relating to flooding,
  • identify potential solutions to flooding problems, and
  • estimate the benefits and costs of these solutions.

Description of Funding Consideration

Up to $2,000,000 has been authorized for Fiscal Year 2016 assistance for flood protection grants. Fifty percent of the total cost of the project may be provided to applicants with up to 75 percent funding available to areas identified as economically disadvantaged (areas which have unemployment rates exceeding the state average by 50 percent or more and which have per capita income which is 65 percent or less of the state average for the last reporting period available). In-kind services may be substituted for any part of local share if such services are directly in support of the project or planning effort and are properly documented and approved by TWDB. In the event that acceptable applications are not submitted, the TWDB retains the right to not award contract funds. The TWDB also reserves the right to limit the amount of funding to any one project. Projects must be completed before December 31, 2017.

Review Criteria

Applications will be evaluated with respect to the following questions:

  • Project scope:
    • Will this project create or enhance an early warning system?
    • Will this project implement a flood prevention strategy?
    • Will this project result in a flood protection plan?
  • What is the severity of existing or potential flood hazard?
  • What is the technical merit of proposed scope of work?
  • How would project reduce the loss of life?
  • How would project reduce the loss of property?
  • Is the project area considered economically disadvantaged?
  • Is the timeframe for project completion reasonable?
  • Is the budget reasonable?

Contact Person for Additional Information

Requests for information or the TWDB's instruction sheet may be directed to Mr. Gilbert Ward at the preceding mailing address, by email at gilbert.ward@twdb.texas.gov or by calling (512) 463-6418.

Deadline

Six double-sided copies on recycled paper and one digital copy (portable drive or CD) of a complete application including the required attachments must be filed with the TWDB prior to noon, 12:00 p.m., June 17, 2016. Applications can be directed either in person to Mr. David Carter, Texas Water Development Board, Stephen F. Austin Building, 6th Floor, 1700 North Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas 78701, or by mail to Mr. David Carter, Texas Water Development Board, P.O. Box 13231 - Capitol Station, Austin, Texas 78711-3231.

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