Saturday, August 20, 2022

Governor Abbott holds weather briefing as excessive rain, flash flooding threatens Texas

Governor Greg Abbott today led a statewide weather call with more than 350 local emergency response officials, including mayors, county judges, first responders, and private sector partners, from all regions across Texas. The Governor also received a briefing from members of the Texas Emergency Management Council on the latest state agency actions at the Texas State Emergency Operations Center (SOC).

Additionally, Governor Abbott spoke directly with Cameron County Judge Eddie TreviƱo, Jr., Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez, El Paso Deputy City Manager Mario D’Agostino, and Amarillo Mayor Ginger Nelson to discuss any needs their communities might have and to reiterate actions the state has taken to support any local response that is necessary.

"I urge Texans to remain alert about changing weather conditions, take the active weather threats seriously, and heed the guidance of local officials as storms bringing rain and flood concerns push through our state," Governor Abbott said. "The State of Texas is using all means necessary to support local community efforts to protect life and property, and it’s essential that communities across the state take proactive measures to keep all Texans safe."

During the call, Governor Abbott reminded local officials and first responders that the State of Texas remains ready to ensure all needs are met across Texas and continues to do everything possible to help local communities. The Governor also underscored the importance for Texans to keep a watchful eye on unexpected swift flowing rivers that may put lives at risk.

Yesterday, Governor Abbott directed the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to mobilize state resources to assist Texas communities that are expected to receive heavy rain and flooding through the coming week.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a threat of heavy rainfall and flash flooding in parts of West Texas, South Texas, and the Panhandle into the start of the week. Increased risk of excessive rainfall and flash flooding extends to the northern half of the state next week. Severe storms are possible in some areas, with potential for damaging winds and large hail.

"Amarillo, your prayers for rain are being answered! Keep your eye on the sky especially tomorrow if you will be in a flash flood area like Palo Duro Canyon. 

"I was honored to take a break from my Saturday activities to receive a call from Governor Abbott to check in on any needs we might have for flash flood prep.  Chief Nim Kidd from the Texas Division of Emergency Management also texted me this morning just to check on us. 

"It is great to know that our leaders in Austin are watching over the Texas Panhandle.  I’m grateful for the relationships we have with our statewide leaders. 

"I appreciate the great leadership our city manager Jared Miller provides and all our local emergency management officials," Mayor Nelson said.

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