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Mitigation measures help Dickinson increase resiliency after Harvey

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December 12, 2019
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AUSTIN, Texas The City of Dickinson will benefit from several mitigation improvements as a part of its FEMA Public Assistance (PA) repairs following Hurricane Harvey.


Four PA projects have mitigation measures attached:

  • Dickinson Public Library: Strengthen and add sealant to the exterior of the building to prevent wind-driven rain from entering the building.
  • Dickinson Depot Museum: Install vents and moisture barriers to protect the flooring system while maintaining the integrity of the building built in 1902.
  • Dickinson Central Fire Station: Install roof vent covers to prevent wind-driven rain from entering through the roof.
  • Dickinson Mariners Mooring Levee: Strengthen with erosion control protection mesh placed on top of the berm to protect breached portions of the levee. The mitigation measure protects homes near Dickinson Bayou from flooding.


These measures are a part of FEMA’s Stafford Act Section 406 program that can provide mitigation funds for risk-reduction during the rebuild. Section 406, also known as Public Assistance Mitigation, can pay for improvements to roads, waterways, bridges, dams, buildings and other public structures already eligible for PA reimbursement.


Mitigation projects such as these in Dickinson are being undertaken throughout the 53 Texas counties designated eligible for FEMA PA. The goal is to reduce risk, reduce damage and reduce the threat to life and property from similar events.


FEMA reimburses at least 90 percent of eligible costs for Harvey-related projects that return infrastructure to its pre-disaster condition. Under certain circumstances, FEMA can also fund PA mitigation measures at 90 percent as long the project is cost effective.


Cost-effectiveness, along with other conditions of eligibility, is determined on a case-by-case basis.


For additional information on Hurricane Harvey and Texas recovery, visit the Hurricane Harvey disaster web page at, Facebook at, the FEMA Region 6 Twitter account at or the Texas Division of Emergency Management website at



Last Updated: 
December 12, 2019 - 10:59