PRESS RELEASE: Congressmen Vela, Cuellar, and Gonzalez Thank Governor Abbott for Requesting FEMA Disaster Declaration for South Texas Counties

WASHINGTON – Congressmen Filemon Vela (TX-34), Henry Cuellar (TX-28), and Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) issued the following statements thanking Texas Governor Greg Abbott for requesting the authorization of disaster funding from FEMA for Cameron and Hidalgo Counties. Today, the three congressmen sent a letter to Governor Abbott on behalf of the residents and business owners that have suffered catastrophic property damage and loss after last week’s unprecedented severe weather and flooding.

“I would like to personally thank Governor Abbott, our emergency responders, and all others who have played a role in aiding South Texans during this severe weather and flooding,” Congressman Vela said. “Governor Abbott’s decision to request disaster funding from FEMA for Cameron and Hidalgo Counties is the beginning of a recovery process that will require cooperation between local, state, and federal officials. Texas has proven its resiliency before, and this time will be no different.”

“Once again, we see how strong Texans are in the midst of difficult times,” Congressman Cuellar said. “On behalf of my constituents and all Southern Texas, I want to thank Governor Abbot for requesting the authorization of FEMA disaster funding. I also want to thank our first responders, charities, organizations and volunteers who bravely extended a helping hand to those affected by the severe weather in Hidalgo and Cameron counties.”

“On behalf of all South Texans recovering from severe weather and flooding, I would like to thank Governor Abbott for taking steps to ensure a more efficient and effective recovery,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Thanks to our first responders, emergency management personnel, and local and state officials for working together to assess the damages and report them to the State of Texas. Texans have the grit to weather the storm and the strength to rebuild once the storm passes. With the governor’s and FEMA’s assistance, South Texas will have the resources it needs to rebuild.”

The congressmen are hoping that any authorized disaster funding will lead to an expedited recovery process for South Texans across the Rio Grande Valley and Coastal Bend.