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Harris County spend more than $14M on the floodplain maps

FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2017, file photo, water from Addicks Reservoir flows in areas of water caused by Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston. Harris County has earmarked $14.5 million updated floodplain maps for more than one year after the deluges of Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Houston. The Houston Chronicle reports the board on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, accepted $6.5 million in the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. The county will add $8 million to hire contractors to make maps are expected to be ready in 2023. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

HOUSTON – Harris County has earmarked $14.5 million updated floodplain maps for more than one year after the deluges of Hurricane Harvey flooded parts of Houston.

The Houston Chronicle reports the board on Tuesday accepted $6.5 million in the Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. The county will add $8 million to hire contractors to make maps are expected to be ready in 2023.

Flood maps rely on precipitation data. That information helps to determine where homes can be built, insurance and sites for flood control projects. The Chronicle reports rainfall data in some of the maps have not been updated since 2001 and Harvey made landfall in August 2017.

Houston-area voters last month approved $2.5 billion in bonds for flood control projects.

Officials say Harvey killed 68 people and caused $125 billion in damage in Texas. Some areas are still recovering from the damage.

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Information: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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