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WESLACO, Texas (KVEO) — Governor Greg Abbott flew over all four counties Tuesday afternoon to see Hanna’s aftermath.

Abbott says the greatest news to receive was no deaths reported in connection with Hanna.

Priority number one for the governor is to get electricity back to Valley residents.

“There are ongoing power outages and we are in communication with power companies to accelerate getting power back on,” said Abbott.

Priority number two is to drain the water.

“The need for pumps in Hidalgo County or elsewhere, our work will be accelerated to provide those pumps,” said Abbott.

We asked about long term solutions as this is the third year in a row Rio Grande Valley residents have seen severe flooding and people are tired of it.

“We talked about several solutions in that meeting, we’re still looking for the right solutions,” said Abbott, “But we know we will move quickly.”

“We’re just fed up, we are at that point, my wife keeps crying, we don’t want to stay in this home,” said Carlos Elizondo who lives on Cornell Avenue in North McAllen.

The area has been followed for three days following Hanna and the majority of the people who live on that street have been forced to evacuate.

This is the third year, Rio Grande Valley residents have seen severe flooding and people are tired of it.

“I would ask Gov. Greg Abbott to please allow us access to taxpayer money in form of a FEMA grant administered through the City of McAllen to pay us the value of our home, so I can move out of here,” said Elizondo.

Abbott says work is happening to alleviate the flooding here, but it will take time.  

“You can expect solutions being delivered, understand this if you’re delivering about solution’s that involve the movement of water it takes years for those projects to be completed for example the Harvey recovery projects taking place in Houston as we speak they’ve been going on for years,” said Abbott.

The flooding and damage from Hanna isn’t the only concern for Abbott in the Valley.

He says he’s also worried about the lack of resources that have been sent here and because of that, he’s turning the McAllen Convention Center into an area where 250 patients with COVID-19 can go to get treated.

“It will be open later this week it comes with hospital beds, medical equipment and medical staff,” said Abbott.

There are multiple other locations in Pharr, Harlingen and Starr County called Step Down Sites that will provide more space for COVID-19 patients more Army Medical Teams have arrived to the RGV to help Valley hospitals.

FEMA representatives also visited the area to assess damages.

They say they will be providing relief through the cities.

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