Now that a second, $51 million round of FEMA funding for home buyouts has come through, here’s the map of where the latest government snatch-ups are planned, 294 total. As indicated by the red dots above, they’re all outside the Loop — with a good portion grouped in 3 distinct clusters along Cypress Creek (which drowned out previous flooding records along nearly its entire length during Harvey). Other hotspots include several along White Oak Bayou, as well as a Greens-Bayou-adjacent bunch off Beltway 8 just north of Aldine and a San Jacinto River-side group south of Hwy. 90, near Highlands.
The money Harris County Flood Control District expects to receive for these purchases supplements an earlier $25.6 million FEMA committed to it on June 4. That previous check (along with an $8.6 million match the Harris County Commissioners okayed in order to get it) will be spent on about 169 buyouts, mapped out below:
Among them: a whole lot more along Cypress Creek, this time mainly clustered around Humble — as well as one lucky inner-loop home on Brays Bayou, east of I-45.
The flood control overlords are still waiting on FEMA’s answer to the rest of the $163.5 million they applied for in total, enough to buy about 1,000 floody houses.
- HCFCD to Receive First Allocation of Funding to Support Voluntary Home Buyouts in Response to Hurricane Harvey [Harris County Flood Control District]
- FEMA awards $51 million for Harris County property acquisition [FEMA]
- Previously on Swamplot: Every Spot Where Bayou Flooding Broke a Record During Harvey, Mapped
Maps: Harris County Flood Control District via Travis Bubenik