CAMERON COUNTY, Texas– As Tropical Storm Hanna makes its way to the Rio Grande Valley, counties are preparing for strong rainfall and possible flooding.
“We’re pre-positioning our pumps in the low-lying areas where we know we’ve had problems in the past. We’ve had crews out clearing a lot of the drainage ditches,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño.
With COVID-19 also on the forefront, Judge Treviño said they are dealing with a new set of struggles.
“In the event that there is any electrical power outages we’re concerned because there’s a lot more people now who may have oxygen at their home,” said Treviño.
Storm preparations usually take place in April or May, but because of COVID-19, Judge Treviño said there hasn’t been much time for people to get prepared.
“Maybe some people probably haven’t paid much attention to it, but, because a lot of people have been staying at home hopefully they already got a lot of the hurricane preparedness items that we would normally request them to have,” said Treviño.
In preparation for the storm, sandbag distributions are taking place throughout the county. Treviño hopes everyone stays indoors during the storm but also to stop the spread of the virus.
“We’re telling everyone to shelter in place stay at home as much as possible so hopefully it’s a mutual benefit not just from the COVID standpoint but from the storm standpoint,” he said.
Judge Treviño has also sent a disaster declaration to Governor Abbott asking for the states assistance during the storm.
The full list of sandbag distribution locations can be found here.