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FEMA Approves More Than $1M to Harlingen for Drainage Improvements

1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago Thursday, December 05 2019 Dec 5, 2019 December 05, 2019 7:21 PM December 05, 2019 in News - Local

HARLINGEN – A little more than a million dollars is on its way for a Rio Grande Valley city.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency announced this week it was awarding the federal grant to the city of Harlingen.

The funding is for the city’s second phase of the 9th and 13th streets drainage project. The project aims to improve storm water runoff, replacing existing pipes that range between 18 and 36 inches in diameter.

“The size of these pipes are now going to range anywhere from 36 to 72 inches in diameter so they'll have more capacity. They'll function with more efficiency in being able to handle the storm water,” said Carlos Sanchez, Harlingen’s assistant city manager.

More than 7,000 liner feet of pipes will be upgraded.

Sanchez says the next step is hiring a contractor. They expect construction to begin next spring.

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