Gov. Greg Abbott surveys Hurricane Hanna damage in Corpus Christi, Rio Grande Valley

SAN ANTONIO – Gov. Greg Abbott visited Corpus Christi on Tuesday to meet with local officials and survey storm damage left by Hurricane Hanna over the weekend.

Abbott, who was joined by Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, thanked officials for their leadership during the hurricane and reaffirmed the state’s commitment to help the victims affected by Hanna.

“The State of Texas is committed to providing our communities with the resources they need to recover from Hurricane Hanna,” Abbott said. “The ongoing collaboration between state, local, and federal government is crucial — especially given the additional challenges of COVID-19 — and I thank all of our partners for their assistance as we navigate the recovery efforts following this storm. Together, we will rebuild and ensure a more resilient future for communities throughout the Coastal Bend.”

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Hanna made landfall over the weekend in South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley, causing widespread damage by heavy rain, flooding, hurricane-force winds and dangerous rip currents.

On Saturday, Abbott issued a disaster declaration for 32 counties and requested a Federal Emergency Declaration from President Donald Trump and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which approved the request on Monday.

Home and business owners who faced damage as a result of the hurricane are encouraged to submit a damage survey, which will allow TDEM to request more resources and volunteers into the area to help.

Abbott also traveled to Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley for a similar visit.

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