Governor signs emergency declaration for Hidalgo County due to flooding
SANTA FE – Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced that she has signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency in Hidalgo County due to recent severe flooding, making available additional funding and state resources for affected communities.
The emergency declaration comes after monsoon rain events that began in August have resulted in flooding that broke the all-time record water level for the Gila River water gage near the Village of Virden and resulted in damage to both private and public property.
The executive order provides $750,000 for the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management to assist the county with emergency protective measures, help prevent additional damages, repair public infrastructure, and lessen the overall recovery time. The emergency declaration follows the Hidalgo County Commission issuing a local declaration of emergency and requesting additional assistance from the state.
“I am grateful to the governor’s office for delivering financial assistance to Hidalgo County following damage caused by recent flooding,” said Hidalgo County Commission Chairman Joel Edwards.
The executive order can be found here.