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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Thanks Governor Greg Abbott for Including Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells and Starr Counties in State Disaster Declaration

July 5, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statement in response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s inclusion of Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, and Starr Counties in the State Disaster Declaration. In response to recent severe weather and flooding, the following counties in South Texas have now been included in the disaster declaration: Aransas, Brooks, Cameron, Duval, Hidalgo, Jim Wells, Nueces, San Patricio, Starr, and Willacy Counties.

“I would like to thank Governor Abbott for continuing to assess regions of South Texas left inundated by recent severe weather and flooding,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “It is encouraging to see public officials at all levels of government working together to expedite the recovery process. I now call on the administration to formally enact a Federal Disaster Declaration and provide South Texans with the necessary tools to rebuild their communities.”

On Friday, June 22, 2018, Congressman Gonzalez sent a letter to President Donald J. Trump and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William B. Long requesting federal support and relief to the Rio Grande Valley.

On Monday, June 25, 2018, the congressman sent a letter to Texas Governor Greg Abbott requesting that the governor contact President Donald J. Trump and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator William B. Long to formally request a federal disaster declaration.

Congressman Gonzalez’s outreach to Governor Abbott was answered with support on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Congressmen Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar (TX-28), Filemon Vela (TX-34), and Governor Abbott have now all called on President Trump to provide recovery assistance to the affected areas of South Texas.