Governor Abbott Visits Rio Grande Valley To Receive Briefing On Flooding, Request Federal Disaster Declaration

June 26, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today joined local officials and emergency response personnel at the Emergency Operations Center in Edinburg, Texas to receive a briefing, and provide an update, on the ongoing response to recent severe weather and flooding in the Rio Grande Valley. Following the briefing from local officials, the Governor signed an official request for a federal disaster proclamation for Cameron and Hildalgo counties. As damage assessments continue to take place, Governor Abbott will request other types of federal assistance for additional counties.

“The recent severe weather and flooding have taken a terrible toll on the people of the Rio Grande Valley," said Governor Abbott. “I am grateful for the tireless efforts of our first responders, whose swift actions helped save lives in these communities, and I want to assure all those impacted that Texas will do everything possible to help them through this recovery process.”

In his letter to President Trump for federal assistance, the Governor requested Individual Assistance, Direct Federal Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation for Texas counties impacted by the storms. Governor Abbott previously issued a State Disaster Declaration for six Texas counties in response to the storms.

Read the Governor's full letter to President Donald Trump requesting a federal disaster declaration.