MISSION — Officials here are urging residents to report damage they acquired due to the heavy rains and flooding last week.
The hope is to receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA. In order to do that, however, Hidalgo County, along with five other counties that experienced extensive damage from the storms, must reach a combined $38 million threshold of estimated damage, Mission City Manager Manager Martin Garza said at a news conference Monday.
The two-day heavy rainfall last week hit the city particularly hard on Thursday, flooding many streets especially along FM 495.
“We’ve reported approximately seven inches of rain over the first four hours so you can imagine what that does to any municipality,” Garza said.
On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster for Hidalgo, Cameron, Aransas, Nueces, San Patricio and Willacy Counties.
As a way for the city to do its part in meeting the threshold, the city posted a form on their website where residents can report damage. The form is for Mission residents only and is not an official FEMA reporting document.