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April 9th, 2009
Stimulus funds flow to Kyle flood control dam

SUBMITTED REPORT

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett today announced that $2.4 million in federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be used for flood control projects along Plum Creek in Hays County.

“Upgrading flood control along Plum Creek will protect people and property along the rapidly growing Kyle-Buda corridor,” said Rep. Doggett, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee. “This recovery funding will create jobs, promote future construction in Hays County, and reduce the danger from any future flooding.”

“The Economic Recovery law provided this funding that we have been seeking for over two years. Now we can repairs a high-hazard dam and offer added protection for the entire community,” said Johnie Halliburton, executive manager of Plum Creek Conservation District.

The $2.4 million will be used to upgrade Dam Number 5 along Plum Creek near Kyle. The rehabilitation will increase the height of the earthen dam by 3.5 feet, add a new 24 inch inlet for the spillway, and improve drainage around the dam. The USDA estimates the project will create 35 new jobs and contribute $3 million to the local economy.

Recovery funds will be disbursed from the Watershed Rehabilitation Program, an agency of the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Plum Creek Watershed consists of 28 dams along Plum Creek in Hays and Caldwell and Counties. The NRCS has reclassified Plum Creek Dam Number 5 as a high hazard dam due to urban development downstream. Rehabilitation is needed to meet current safety standards and decrease the risk of harm to life and property along Plum Creek.

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