COVER: U.S. Lloyd Doggett meets with a delegation of San Marcos officials that include Mayor Daniel Guerrero; council member John Thomaides; intergovernmental relations director Kristi Wyatt; City Manager Jared Miller; Emergency Management Coordinator Ken Bell; and council members Lisa Prewitt, Melissa Derrick and Scott Gregson. SUBMITTED PHOTO
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Battered by two once-in-a-lifetime floods in the span of six months, San Marcos officials are lobbying for federal funds to reduce the risk to life and property next time.
During a two-day series of meetings this week in Washington, a delegation of city council members and staff led by Mayor Daniel Guerrero requested disaster relief that includes hazard mitigation grants through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and money to pay for “other disaster-related operations issues,” said Kristi Wyatt, the city’s communications and intergovernmental affairs director.
The mitigation grants could be used for large-scale public works projects to divert floodwaters from residential areas or to remove residents from the reach of floods, either by elevating homes or buying out property owners in low-lying neighborhoods.
The delegation’s itinerary includes meetings with U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith; U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett; aides for U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz; and officials from FEMA and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.
On Dec. 1, the city council set flood relief funding as the top priority of its annual “federal policy program.”
The program seeks federal help to “repair damaged facilities, provide temporary shelter to displaced residents, and utilize other disaster related assistance provided through various federal programs at FEMA, HUD, the Economic Development Administration, etc.”
Further, the policy states “in case of properties that experience repeated flooding to pursue alternatives that provide permanent solutions for both families and property owners, to include but not be limited to the acquisition or trades for said propert(ies).”Email | Print