Disaster Recovery Efforts

Disaster recovery efforts are underway for businesses and residents affected by the severe storms/flooding of 2016 and Hurricane Harvey 2017.

2016 Disasters

2016 Disasters include:

  • Tax Day Floods (FEMA DR #4269)
  • May/June Flooding – also known as Memorial Day flooding (FEMA DR #4272)

Hazard Mitigation Grants (Buyouts and Elevations)

Grant Update (last updated 4/19/2018): 

Property Buyouts: Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved FEMA’s acceptance award for the grant application for buyouts in early April.  This acceptance award has been returned to the State (Texas Division of Emergency Management or TDEM) and Fort Bend County is currently waiting for TDEM to schedule a kick-off meeting with government officials to explain next steps in the grant process.

Elevations: FEMA continues to review Fort Bend County’s grant application for home elevations. As of mid-April, FEMA has requested additional information regarding the grant application. Fort Bend County is working to compile this information and has until the end of the month to submit it back to FEMA.

Alternate Property List:  For residents interested in the buyout/elevation programs that did not apply prior to January 2017, contact Caroline Egan at caroline.egan@fortbendcountytx.gov  to be placed on the Alternate Property List.  “Alternate” properties serve as possible replacements for properties that may be determined ineligible later on in the grant process, or choose not to accept the mitigation offer and move forward in the project.  

Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 2016

Grant Update (last updated 3/26/2018): Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved Fort Bend County’s applications for housing projects on February 13, 2018 for recovery from the 2016 disasters.  These housing project applications were then submitted to the Texas General Land Office for approval.  Fort Bend County is still pending approval of these applications.

To view the approved housing project applications, click the link below.


2017 Disasters

2017 Disasters include:

  • Hurricane Harvey (FEMA DR #4332)

Hazard Mitigation Grants (Buyouts, Elevations, etc.)

Grant Update (last updated 3/26/2018): The State of Texas has announced that $500 million in 2017 hazard mitigation grant funding is now available.  The hazard mitigation grant is a competitive grant that requires both Texas Division of Emergency Management and FEMA approval.  Fort Bend County is working to submit several applications for infrastructure improvements and drainage projects.

Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery 2017

Grant Update (last updated 4/19/2018): In February 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development allocated $5 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery funding to Texas for 2017.  This funding is administered through the Texas General Land Office is primarily for housing projects and programs in low-to-moderate income areas.  The Texas General Land Office has released for public comment (through April 24, 2018) its draft Action Plan of how to distribute this funding within Texas.  If you wish to view and comment on the draft Action Plan, please use the link below and then click on the plan for “Round 1: $5.024 Billion” under “Hurricane Harvey Action Plans”:


Frequently Asked Recovery Questions

For answers to a list of frequently asked recovery questions, click HERE.

Long Term Recovery Efforts

Fort Bend County has a recovery network is called Fort Bend Recovers.  If a resident was impacted by any of the 2016 or 2017 disasters and needs help with financial assistance, home repairs, emotional support, etc., Fort Bend Recovers may be able to help.  To learn more, click the link to go to the Fort Bend Recovers website.  www.fortbendrecovers.org