Hurricane Harvey and related flooding caused substantial damage to Texas coastal communities in late August of 2017. Recovery efforts are ongoing and involve local, state, and federal resources.

This web page offers fiscal analyses of recovery efforts and links to additional resources. Expenditures are self-reported by state agencies and do not include all local costs.




Actual Expenditures by Method of Financing

Expenditures as reported by state agencies and institutions of higher education through the end of April 2018. Amounts below exclude projected/estimated costs.

To date, reported Hurricane Harvey expenditures for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 total approximately $2,234.5 million in All Funds.

  • $206.3 million in General Revenue
  • $4.8 million in General Revenue-Dedicated
  • $249.0 million in Other Funds (including institutional and economic stabilization funds)
  • $1,774.4 million in Federal Funds

Of the expenditures above, more than $1,652.4 million is reported to have been passed through to other state agencies, units of local government, and individuals through various federal programs, including Public Assistance, Direct Housing Assistance, Other Needs Assistance, Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, and Dislocated Worker Grants.

Actual Expenditures by Agency: Top 12

Of the expenditures reported above, 98% of the costs were attributed to the following 12 agencies:

AgencyExpenditures
Health and Human Services Commission
Costs are primarily Federal Funds for FEMA Other Needs Assistance and USDA food benefits. Provided aid to individual applicants for federal assistance, including extending the certification period for Medicaid and CHIP, and waiving co-pays for CHIP.
$ 1,287,739,829
Department of Public Safety
Coordinated the state's response efforts including life safety, search and rescue, and security. Expenditures are primarily Federal Funds for Public Assistance grants to local governments.
$ 498,720,147
Trusteed Programs within the Off of the Governor
Provided disaster grants to state and local entities to assist with response and recovery. State agencies repay these grants as they receive federal reimbursement for expenditures.
$ 111,300,117
General Veterans' Land Board
Lead agency for short-term and long-term housing recovery. Costs are primarily Federal Funds for short-term housing including repair, leasing, and manufactured housing.
$ 91,882,261
Texas Department of Transportation
Expenditures are mainly Federal Funds, and include costs for providing evacuation support, debris removal on state highways, recovery efforts including bridge inspections and road repair.
$ 74,596,395
Department of State Health Services
Expenditures are associated with coordinating public health and medical service, including patient evacuation. A majority of the costs are eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
$ 33,529,639
Texas Military Department
Mobilized Air and Army National Guard and State Guard Service Members in coordination with Texas Task Force 1. A majority of the costs are eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
$ 23,346,483
Texas Workforce Commission
Processed disaster-related Unemployment Insurance claims. Expenditures are Federal Funds, including a grant to support employment recovery and rebuilding efforts.
$ 22,060,954
Lone Star College
Costs were primarily for contracted services for remediation due to floodwater damage of 6 buildings. Additional costs due to three campuses utilized as shelters during the storm.
$ 13,088,766
University of Houston
Costs associated with damage to 135 buildings due to wind and water. Additional costs for teams that assisted with damage mitigation and debris removal
$ 10,359,865
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Costs included overtime and stipends for personnel who remained on-site to care for patients and families. Facility costs include physical damage, clean-up, and remediation
$ 9,795,441
University of Houston -Downtown
Costs were primarily due to damage to 6 buildings due to wind and water. Additional costs for teams that assisted with damage mitigation and debris removal.
$ 8,157,036

Actual Expenditures by Agency: Detail

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Agency NameGRGR-DOtherFederal FundsTotalPass-through
Alvin College$10,655$0$0$0$10,655$0
Animal Health Commission$440,255$0$0$0$440,255$0
Brazosport College$41,964$0$102,925$0$144,889$0
Commission on Environmental Quality$13,953$711,647$0$0$725,600$0
Del Mar College$0$0$245,186$0$245,186$0
Department of Criminal Justice$2,867,189$0$0$0$2,867,189$0
Department of Housing and Community Affairs$0$0$0$3,991,056$3,991,056$3,991,056
Department of Information Resources$0$0$8,533$0$8,533$0
Department of Insurance$405,068$0$0$0$405,068$0
Department of Licensing and Regulation$8,930$0$0$0$8,930$0
Department of Motor Vehicles$0$0$245,947$0$245,947$0
Department of Public Safety$311,838$0$14,181,129$484,227,180$498,720,147$443,451,644
Department of State Health Services$18,880,322$0$0$14,649,317$33,529,639$0
General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board$3,926,193$0$8,531,402$79,424,666$91,882,261$0
Health and Human Service Commission$153,773,850$0$107,568$1,133,858,411$1,287,739,829$1,182,626,780
Historical Commission$160,967$0$0$0$160,967$0
Houston Community College$0$0$891,198$0$891,198$0
Lamar Institute of Technology$0$0$28,552$0$28,552$0
Lamar State College: Orange$0$0$1,241,433$0$1,241,433$0
Lamar State College: Port Arthur$0$3,263$32,875$0$36,138$0
Lamar University$0$0$1,187,386$0$1,187,386$0
Lonestar College$0$0$13,088,766$0$13,088,766$0
Office of Court Administration$30,113$0$0$0$30,113$0
Office of the Attorney General$29,710$0$0$190,857$220,567$0
Parks and Wildlife Department$1,981,880$3,857,498$19,332$6,529$5,865,239$0
Prairie View A&M University$0$0$83,225$0$83,225$0
Public Utility Commission of Texas$36,426$809$0$0$37,235$0
Railroad Commission of Texas$6,268$21,960$0$561$28,789$0
Sam Houston State University$79,806$0$1,839,640$0$1,919,446$0
San Jacinto College$0$0$899,945$0$899,945$0
State Office of Administrative Hearings$122,638$0$0$0$122,638$0
State Office of Risk Management$0$0$414,519$0$414,519$0
Texas A&M Corpus Christi$0$0$449,300$0$449,300$0
Texas A&M University$0$0$808,099$0$808,099$0
Texas A&M University Health Science Center$0$0$21,853$0$21,853$0
Texas A&M University System Administration$0$0$195,508$0$195,508$0
Texas A&M University-Kingsville$0$20,720$0$0$20,720$0
Texas AgriLife Extension Service$0$0$32,957$0$32,957$0
Texas AgriLife Research$0$0$32,367$0$32,367$0
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission$954,864$0$0$0$954,864$0
Texas Commission on the Arts$3,980$0$250,000$192,520$446,500$0
Texas Department of Agriculture$0$150,000$0$52,528$202,528$0
Texas Department of Transportation$0$0$69,464,214$5,132,181$74,596,395$0
Texas Education Agency$244,757$0$12,103$103,016$359,876$28,348
Texas Engineering Experiment Station$0$0$4,568$0$4,568$0
Texas Engineering Extension Service$0$0$545,189$4,906,704$5,451,893$0
Texas Forest Service$88,454$0$0$2,271,852$2,360,306$0
Texas Juvenile Justice Department$23,476$0$0$0$23,476$0
Texas Military Department$0$0$0$23,346,483$23,346,483$0
Texas Southern University$0$0$110,722$0$110,722$0
Texas State Library and Archives Commission$0$0$9,824$19,819$29,643$0
Texas State Preservation Board$2,000$0$0$0$2,000$0
Texas State Technical College System$300$1,234$96,712$0$98,246$0
Texas State University$265,450$0$0$0$265,450$0
Texas Transportation Institute$0$0$5,187$0$5,187$0
Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory$0$0$1,817$0$1,817$0
Texas Woman's University$0$0$50,963$0$50,963$0
Texas Workforce Commission$0$0$0$22,060,954$22,060,954$22,060,954
The University of Texas at Austin$464,539$0$4,141,736$0$4,606,275$0
The University of Texas San Antonio$7,114$0$25,293$0$32,407$0
Trusteed Programs within the Off of the Governor$20,594,873$0$90,705,244$0$111,300,117$0
University of Houston$347,407$0$10,012,458$0$10,359,865$0
University of Houston: Clear Lake$0$47,826$54,855$0$102,681$0
University of Houston: Downtown$72,490$0$8,084,546$0$8,157,036$234,849
University of Houston: Victoria$15,877$0$688,104$0$703,981$0
UT Health Science Center at Houston$0$0$4,539,561$0$4,539,561$0
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio$71,829$0$0$0$71,829$0
UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center$0$0$9,795,441$0$9,795,441$0
UT Medical Branch at Galveston$0$0$5,356,122$0$5,356,122$0
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas$0$0$293,802$0$293,802$0
Victoria College$0$0$72,302$0$72,302$0
Grand Total $206,285,435$4,814,957$249,010,408$1,774,434,634$2,234,545,434$1,652,393,631


Projected Total Costs by Agency - Reported

The following agencies account for 99% of the $4,638.4 million in projected total costs in All Funds for FY 2018. The agencies estimate that they will expend these amounts in addition to their actual expenditures as of the end of April 2018. Out of these projected costs, $4,179.7 million are Federal Funds and $222.3 million are General Revenue Funds.

Note:
  • The amount shown for the Texas Education Agency below does not include potential state costs for school district disaster relief incurred through the state funding formulas.
AgencyExpenditures
Department of Public Safety
Coordinated the state's response efforts including life safety, search and rescue, and security. Expenditures are primarily Federal Funds for Public Assistance grants to local governments.
$3,570,056,974
General Land Office and Veterans' Land Board
Lead agency for short-term and long-term housing recovery. Costs are primarily Federal Funds for short-term housing including repair, leasing, and manufactured housing.
$657,493,272
Texas Department of Transportation
Expenditures are mainly Federal Funds, and include costs for providing evacuation support, debris removal on state highways, recovery efforts including bridge inspections and road repair.
$103,833,195
Texas Education Agency *
Coordinated communication with district staff, state and federal agencies. Majority of costs are for 2-month USDA waiver for affected districts to offer free meals to 100% of students.
$102,684,656
Health and Human Services Commission
Costs are primarily Federal Funds for FEMA Other Needs Assistance and USDA food benefits. Projections include costs for aid to individual applicants for federal assistance, including extending the certification period for Medicaid and CHIP, and waiving co-pays for CHIP.
$65,936,932
The University of Texas at Austin
The Marine Science Institute, Winedale Historical Complex, and Stengl Lost Pines Biological Field Station in Bastrop sustained major damage.
$42,719,238
University of Houston
Costs associated with damage to 135 buildings due to wind and water. Additional costs for teams that assisted with damage mitigation and debris removal.
$29,828,177
Parks and Wildlife Department
Costs are primarily due to damage to multiple facilities. Additionally, personnel were deployed for emergency measures, water rescues, debris removal. Parks provided free camping to evacuees.
$24,065,740
Lone Star College
Costs are primarily capital expenditures due to contaminated floodwater damage of 6 of the 9 buildings at the Kingwood campus.
$21,288,537
Texas Workforce Commission
Processed disaster-related Unemployment Insurance claims. Expenditures are Federal Funds, including a grant to support employment recovery and rebuilding efforts.
$10,998,503
Texas Military Department
Mobilized Air and Army National Guard and State Guard Service Members in coordination with Texas Task Force 1. A majority of the costs are eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
$6,047,813
Texas Historical Commission
Costs are primarily FEMA Federal Funds to repair damage to historical sites including the seawall at Sabine Pass Battleground and the Fulton Mansion in Rockport.
$3,399,547

*The Texas Education Agency (TEA) has identified a number of potential statutory provisions that may provide school districts and charter schools disaster aid through the mechanisms of the Foundation School Program. The magnitude of these additional state costs is not known at the time of this expenditure reporting date, and so the agency did not include them in the amount above.

TEA’s latest summary of those potential state costs: Click Here


Contracts

Agencies and Institutions of Higher Education report executing the following emergency contracts related to Hurricane Harvey:  Hurricane Harvey Emergency Contracts. Some contracts on the list are ones agencies executed for general agency operations but that were also partially used for Harvey related response and remediation.

The list may not contain all Harvey-related contracts issued at this time, but will be updated as more information becomes available. Please note that contracts reported to the LBB are paid for with a variety of funding sources, including funds outside of the treasury, and generally span multiple fiscal years.

Emergency purchases may be warranted to prevent a hazard to life, health, safety, welfare, property or to avoid undue additional cost to the state, and were authorized for Harvey related purchases in the Governor's Hurricane Harvey disaster declaration. State statute and the General Appropriations Act require that certain contracts be reported to the Contracts Database: Click Here. The contracts listed above are a subset of all reported contracts and were identified using guidance issued August 28th, 2017. This guidance can be found at:
http://www.lbb.state.tx.us/Documents/Instructions/Contracts/4483_LBB_COT2_HurricaneHarveyNotice.pdf.

To view attachments for contracts posted to the Database, the unique contract ID may be copied and pasted into the "Contract ID" search field at http://contracts.lbb.state.tx.us/. The documents may be downloaded and viewed from the contract entry in the Database. Please note that not all agencies are required to post documents to the Database.

State Funding for Debris Removal

FEMA approved hurricane-related solid waste and debris disposal costs incurred by local governments are anticipated to be reimbursed at up to 90 percent by the federal agency. An emergency appropriation of $90 million in General Revenue Account 5000 – Solid Waste Disposal Fees was made to assist affected local communities with their remaining share of the costs through FY 2018.

  • The Department of Public Safety, through the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), has begun distributing the funds to local governments in accordance with Chapter 401 of the Government Code.
  • Once a local government gets FEMA approval for obligation of funds for a project, as detailed on a FEMA Initial Project Worksheet, they can apply for the matching funds from TDEM. TDEM will advance to the local government 50% of the match amount calculated from the FEMA Initial Project Worksheet.
  • After the final FEMA Project Worksheet Payment amount is determined and the final match amount can be calculated, TDEM will issue a closeout payment for the remainder of the matching funds.
  • As of the end of February, $14.2 million had been passed through to local governments to be applied toward the 10% match required by FEMA

Disaster Related Transfers

The 2018 - 19 General Appropriations Act (GAA), Article IX, Section 14.04: Disaster Related Transfer Authority:

In the event of a disaster proclamation by the Governor, state agencies directly responding to Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath are granted broad appropriation transfer authority, and exemption from certain GAA requirements, with prior notification to the LBB and Governor. This provision is intended to allow for expedited use of funds.

  • The Commissioner of Health and Human Services is authorized to transfer funds between health and human services agencies (listed in Chapter 531, Government Code), and between strategies within agencies for disaster response.
  • All other agencies may transfer funds between strategies.
  • Agencies may transfer funds appropriated for FY 2019 to FY 2018. Unexpected balances at the end of FY 2018 are transferred to FY 2019.
  • Appropriations may be transferred between agencies, subject to the approval of the LBB and Governor.

To date, the LBB has received notification of Disaster Related Transfers for Article II agencies and the General Land Office. The Commissioner of Education has stated a possible need to transfer appropriations from FY 2019 to FY 2018 for school district relief.

On January 24, 2018, the LBB and the Governor approved the transfer of $38.6 million from the Department of Criminal Justice FY 2019 appropriations to the General Land Office for FY 2018 recovery and rebuilding efforts.