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Hidalgo County officials, working with FEMA, have calculated the preliminary estimated cost the county has incurred due to the rain and flooding that began in early May. According to the Budget Department, from May 4 to June 19 the county has used more than $9.2 million in resources plus $1 million in expenditures for a grand total of more than $10.2 million. The estimated cost of the resources utilized and work performed from June 19 until today are being tabulated and are not available at this time.
These estimated totals include several categories of the work performed by county crews such as clearing debris from right of ways, rescuing residents from their homes and damages to roads. The expenditures incurred include equipment utilized, maintenance to vehicles and pumps, and equipment and supplies needed for personnel.
Below is a breakdown of the cost by category.
CATEGORY AMOUNTDebris Clearance $200,000Emergency Protective Measures $1,226,000Road Systems $7,000,000Water Control Facilities $320,000Public Buildings and Equipment $500,000TOTAL $9,246,100Expenditures $1,000,000GRAND TOTAL $10,246,100
New Location for Disaster Recovery Center
The FEMA Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is moving locations to a larger building. Starting Wednesday, July 1, the DRC will be locate at the UTPA CESS Building (old Haggar Building) at 1407 E. Freddy Gonzalez Room 300 in Edinburg (off the US 281 frontage). The DRC will finish operations at the Elections Annex on Tuesday night and relocate that evening. Doors will open Wednesday morning at the CESS building. Services will not be interrupted.
The more spacious location will allow FEMA, SBA and local and state non-profit organizations to properly assist all residents in need of help. The new site will maintain the same hours of operation. However, the DRC will be closed from Friday, July 3 to Sunday, July 5 for the Independence Day holiday. They will re-open on Monday, July 6.