Leaders in other Southern states are meeting the challenges posed by changing flood plains and development needs head on.
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In 2020, South Carolina created an Office of Resilience, a Disaster Relief and Resilience Reserve Fund, and a Resilience Revolving Loan Fund. The Resilience Office manages these funds to provide disaster relief and financial resources to resilience and flood mitigation efforts in communities. The office also oversees a statewide flood resilience plan.
Texas voters approved the Flood Infrastructure Flood in 2019, which provides 0% interest loans and grants to communities for flood control, flood mitigation, and drainage projects.
In 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis in Florida created a Chief Resilience Officer in the Office of the Governor to coordinate resilience planning among relevant agencies and signed a bill to create the Florida Resilience Trust Fund.