Disaster Recovery Program


Largest-ever public works project builds hurricane-ravaged communities

After dual hurricanes struck Texas in 2008, they left a path of destruction across 62 counties, affecting 45 percent of the state’s population. Hired by the Texas General Land Office to scope and estimate storm-damaged infrastructure in the 29 hardest-hit counties, HNTB identified 2,751 projects, costing $4.8 billion. When an original $1.4 billion allocation fell short of the funding need, HNTB’s assessment helped persuade Congress to allocate an additional $1.7 billion.

Serving as program manager for the disaster recovery program, HNTB established program standards and operating procedures, framing the work methodology, managing schedules, reporting, and leveraging its technical and engineering capabilities to oversee delivery. The firm prioritized hundreds of grantee projects, ranging from $30,000 to $60 million, then complemented the state’s existing resources, enabling the state to not only restore communities but improve their resiliency in future disasters.