It was March 3 that Fuentes first received word that the Texas General Land Office had awarded the county nearly $9.9 million in grant money related to flood damage from 2015.
Then, in an announcement that caught officials by surprise, the GLO awarded an additional nearly $10 million related to 2016 flood damage.
“We were totally caught off guard. We were hopeful that we would be considered, but because of the 2015 award… we were not thinking we had a great shot with 2016,” Fuentes said.
But after taking all the applications into consideration, the GLO ranked Hidalgo County’s application among the top three priorities.
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