Gov. Abbott issues disaster declaration for flood-ravaged RGV counties

Eloy Salazar leaves his family's home on a kayak as residents deal with the high water in their neighborhood after hard rains covered the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in Monte Alto. (Joel Martinez |

Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a state of disaster declaration for Rio Grande Valley communities that sustained significant flooding damage as a result of Monday night’s thunderstorms.

Abbott’s declaration includes the counties of Hidalgo, Cameron and Willacy. In Hidalgo County, officials said the severe weather, which caused wind as well as rain damages, prompted 100 rescues

“The state of Texas is doing everything it can to ensure these three counties have the resources they need to respond to these storms,” Abbott said in a news release. “I ask that all Texans join me and Cecilia in praying for those impacted by severe flooding. By working closely with local officials, we will put the communities of the Rio Grande Valley on a path to recovery.”

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