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May 25, 2015                                                                                                          Brenda Rangel 956.564.1527



Vela Statement on Flooding in Texas and Missing Corpus Christi Residents


Brownsville, Texas – U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, issued this statement on flooding in Texas and reports of eight missing Corpus Christi residents who were staying at a vacation home in Hays County in Central Texas.


“I am in contact with the Office of the Governor of Texas and the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) and closely monitoring recent flooding in Texas. I’ve asked the Office of the Governor to keep me abreast of their search and rescue efforts and pledged full support to expedite federal resources to Texas following this severe weather.


“This morning, I received calls from friends informing me of eight Corpus Christi residents missing after being swept away by flash floods while staying at a vacation home on the Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas.


“I’ll continue to monitor the situation closely and provide additional updates as they become available.


“My thoughts and prayers are with the McComb, Carey and Charba families.”