Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush in the Valley to meet with community leaders and assess flood damage.
The storm recovery process is underway for many parts of the Rio Grande Valley. The Texas General land Office Community Development and Revitalization Team met with city and county leaders across the valley. The issue at hand is to collect information and find ways to help those affected by the storm.
George P. Bush – Texas Land Commissioner, “Working with community leadership to make we sure that we have the data and evidence to show that the Rio Grande Valley needs full support to be made whole, back to the way it was before the storm.”
The Texas General Land Office still needs to determine what the final bill will be for the damages the storms brought to the area. They estimate that Hidalgo County could be nearly $350 million in damages.
“It’s a large storm. I suspect that figure would continue to increase, and that over 3,500 homes have been impacted.” Said Commissioner Bush.
Bush adds that the estimate in damages for all the counties affected by the storms last week could be several billion dollars. He emphasized the importance of collecting the most accurate information to receive federal funds for their recovery efforts.
On the other hand, Hidalgo County Commissioners agree that there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to help improve drainage across the valley.
David Fuentes – Hidalgo County Commissioner PCT 1, “We’ve identified some shortcomings in our system. We’ve also identified some problem areas where the systems had either failed, collapsed or there were breaches. We’ve identified those with the experience that we’ve had over the last few days.”
County commissioners are now looking to add more drainage projects to the significantly impacted areas. They are urging residents affected by the storms to keep track of expenses and damages in case federal funding is approved for recovery efforts.