Governor orders disaster declaration ahead of storm
In anticipation of a tropical disturbance bearing down on South Texas today, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state disaster declaration for Hidalgo, Starr, Cameron and Willacy counties.
The Rio Grande Valley counties are four of 77 included in the declaration the governor anticipates will be impacted by "severe weather and flooding" as the disturbance nears.
Abbott previously ordered the Texas State Operations Center to advance to level II readiness for "escalated response conditions" in preparation for a storm.
“The tropical disturbance impacting the Texas coast poses a threat of imminent disaster, including severe flooding, property damage and potential loss of life,” Abbott stated in a news release Friday. “While we stand ready to deploy state resources to assist local officials in their response efforts, it is critical that all Texans in the storm’s path are prepared to ensure their own safety.”
The following Texas counties are included in the governor’s declaration:
Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Brazos, Brooks, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Dimmit, Duval, Edwards, Fayette, Fort Bend, Frio, Galveston, Gillespie, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kerr, Kinney, Kleberg, La Salle, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Live Oak, Llano, Madison, Matagorda, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Montgomery, Nueces, Polk, Real, Refugio, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Starr, Travis, Trinity, Uvalde, Val Verde, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Webb, Wharton, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Zapata and Zavala.