Waco: Prop. 8 author campaigns for passage of flood infrastructure plan

State Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Orange, was in Waco Monday to campaign for Prop. 8 on the November ballot, which calls for the creation of a Flood Infrastructure Fund. (Photo by John Carroll)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) State Rep. Dade Phelan, R-Orange, was in Waco Monday to campaign for Prop. 8 on the November ballot, which calls for the creation of a Flood Infrastructure Fund from a one-time distribution from the state’s “rainy day fund.”

The Texas Water Development Board would distribute the funds to local governments as loans or grants to create flood control structures and drainage infrastructure.

Supporters say such recent severe flooding events as Hurricane Harvey underscore the importance of taking steps to prevent damage from future storms.

Opponents say flood control should be the responsibility of federal and local governments and that using money from the “rainy day fund” to create the Flood Infrastructure Fund could be in appropriate.

"What Proposition 8 does (is to take) that money outside of the treasury and put it at the Water Development Board to make sure it's there in the future and certain legislators cannot take that money and use it for any other purpose."