EDINBURG — Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez issued a local state of disaster proclamation on Wednesday, two days after torrential rains caused widespread flooding.

Cortez announced his decision via a press release Wednesday afternoon.

“…The judge of the County of Hidalgo has determined that extraordinary measures must be taken to protect the public health, safety and general well being of county citizens in order to alleviate the suffering of people and to protect and rehabilitate property,” the declaration stated.

The designation will be in effect for seven days, unless county commissioners extend it. County officials also activated the county’s emergency management plan following the storms that dropped more than a foot of water on Monday.

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