The money for reopening Cedar Bayou to the state that it was in prior to Hurricane Harvey has been approved.
Aransas County officials have been eagerly waiting for word about the funding since applying for it.
Congressman Michael Cloud said, “I’m happy to announce FEMA has granted Aransas County approximately $6.4 million for Hurricane Harvey recovery. This funding is encouraging, and will provide much-needed financial assistance as we continue our recovery after the storm.”
An elated Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills said, “I was thrilled to hear FEMA had released the funds to re-open Cedar Bayou and Vinson Slough. After all the hard work of our Long Term Recovery team it is another dream come true.
“We worked so hard and for so long to get it open in 2014 and we saw the effect on our eco-system … then Harvey. We really appreciate the federal funds and hope to get funds from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, as well.”
The judge noted the county is still short in funding (its 10 percent match), but one can make a tax deductible donation to help defray the cost.
“We are going to get Cedar Bayou open again in 2021,” he said.
The entire project is estimated to cost $7,141,749. FEMA’s share (90%) is $6,427,574.10.
Aransas County Project Manager John Strothman said, “This will bring Cedar Bayou back to the way it was before the storm, but we’re seeking additional funding sources to bring it back to the way it was when it, and Vinson Slough were reopened in 2014.”
He thanked Congressman Cloud, Senator John Cornyn, and Senator Ted Cruz for their work to secure the funding.
The $6.4 million grant is from Hurricane Harvey FEMA Public Assistance funds.