Governor Abbott Receives Briefing, Holds Press Conference On Sabine River Flooding

March 16, 2016 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today surveyed, and received a briefing on, the severe flooding in East Texas. Alongside officials from multiple Texas counties and state agencies, Governor Abbott reiterated his call for Texans to heed warnings from local officials and avoid flooded areas as emergency management personnel continue to ensure the safety of all those affected by the floods. Governor Abbott also added the following counties to the State's disaster declaration: Henderson, Shelby, Smith and Walker counties.

“I want the people of Southeast Texas to know that the state has and will continue to assist them with any and all challenges they have,” said Governor Abbott. “Our top priority is to ensure no loss of life. It is important for residents to understand that the rise in water is not over, and I urge you to continue heeding the warnings of local officials. I want to express my deepest gratitude to the first responders and all the volunteer agencies who are helping all those displaced during this challenging time.”

View photos of Governor Abbott’s aerial tour of the floods.

Watch Governor Abbott's press conference.