Hidalgo County: ‘FEMA has not started application process’

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Source: Hidalgo County Facebook.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from the county.

Hidalgo County published a tweet stating that FEMA personnel are in the county assessing the damage, but have not started the application process.

Harligen, Texas (KVEO)—Hurricane Hanna dumped at least 15 inches of rain on areas of the Rio Grande Valley over the weekend.

Water rescues were still underway Sunday as flooding was and remains a big concern.

On Wednesday, officials with Hidalgo County said through a statement that the Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) has not arrived to the county yet.

“As soon as FEMA arrives the public WILL BE notified on how and where to apply for assistance” said the statement.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott toured the Rio Grande Valley on Tuesday afternoon and met with leaders from three counties that have been hard hit from Hurricane Hanna and COVID-19.

To address flooding and power outages from the recent storm, he promised pumps delivered Wednesday to South Texas and to help open more shelters for displaced residents.

“The goal is to make assessments of what the needs are and for the state to step up and address those needs,” Abbott told media.

During the press conference, Gov. Abbott also introduced regional administrator for FEMA Tony Robinson.

“FEMA plays a prolific role in responding to hurricanes. Actually FEMA is playing a big role in helping us respond to COVID also. So having Tony Robinson in the Rio Grande Valley is very important for him to get to see firsthand about the challenges that exist, the needs that exist and the funding that is needed to help people in the Rio Grande Valley respond to both of these challenges.” said Gov. Abbott.

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