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Posted on: June 27, 2018

GOV. GREG ABBOTT SIGNS GUBERNATORIAL REQUEST FOR FEDERAL DISASTER DECLARATION

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In response to last week's countywide flooding event, Commissioners Court approved an extension to the local state of disaster declared last week by County Judge Ramon Garcia. On Tuesday, June 26, Gov. Greg Abbott, who was in Edinburg for a briefing on the unprecedented, non-hurricane related torrential rain and floods, asked President Donald Trump to sign a federal emergency declaration for Hidalgo and Cameron counties.

Also approved, were emergency appropriation funds totaling $1 million for emergency related expenditures, including pumping equipment and water extraction specifically for the ongoing response to recent severe weather and flooding in the Rio Grande Valley.

"We know there has been a tremendous amount of suffering and loss of property by many of our residents, we will make available every resource that can be offered by the county the state and the federal government." Garcia said.

In lieu of the severe floods, the county's Community Service Agency received approval of an Emergency Management Matrix, which will allow low-income residents to receive some assistance for disaster recovery.

Commissioners Court will meet again on June 28 for items related to the recent flood events. The county emergency response continues. 

Below is a video of the response and rescue events that took place during the severe weather event.


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