1 of 4
David J. Phillip
In this Nov. 17, 2017 photo, homeowner George Dorsey, center, prays with Samaritan's Purse volunteers who are helping to rebuild his hurricane-damaged home in Houston. How is Texas spending billions in federal aid in response to Harvey, among the costliest U.S. storms on record? State records do not distinguish storm-related expenses, making fund tracking and accountability all but impossible. Disaster recovery experts say the lack of transparency could hinder coordination, encourage fraud and squander an opportunity to not only rebuild, but mitigate the risks of the next monster storm. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas has been awarded billions of dollars in federal aid to help recover from Hurricane Harvey and the devastating flooding that followed. But it's unclear how the state is spending its share of the money.

1 comment on this story

State records don't indicate which contracts are storm-related. That makes tracking the funding nearly impossible.

Federal agencies, on the other hand, have public and frequently updated databases of such spending.

Disaster recovery experts say the lack of transparency in Texas could hinder coordination, encourage fraud and squander an opportunity not only to rebuild, but also to mitigate the risks of the next major storm.

Texas has received more than $11 billion in federal disaster aid since Harvey hit the state's Gulf Coast in late August. Gov. Greg Abbott has appealed for $61 billion more.