News Release from the office of Senator Carlos Uresti

September 15, 2009
Mark Langford at 210-932-2568

Maverick County flooding recognized as a disaster

SAN ANTONIO — Sen. Carlos Uresti announced Tuesday that last week's flooding in Maverick County has been recognized as a disaster, and the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs has been directed to provide emergency aid.

"Help is on the way," Uresti said. "Flood victims in and around Eagle Pass will get the resources they need to get back on their feet again."

Uresti was notified Tuesday that the Texas Division of Emergency Management had completed a damage survey and determined that 103 homes were affected by the Sept. 9 flood.

Based on that survey, Gov. Rick Perry said he "recognized that a disaster has occurred" and requested that the Department of Housing and Community Affairs make available to Maverick County "any and all assistance for which they may be eligible under emergency conditions."

"I applaud the governor's decision," said Uresti, who sent a letter last Thursday asking Perry to grant County Judge Jose Aranda's request for an emergency declaration.

More than 100 homes in and around Eagle Pass were flooded with up to three feet of water when heavy rains struck the area. Many of these damaged homes are in Colonias, which are occupied by the county's poorest residents.

Senator Uresti represents Senate District 19, a 55,000 square mile area extending from the city of San Antonio in Bexar County to the Lower Valley of El Paso County and including approximately 750,000 people. The largest legislative district in the nation, it spans two time zones and contains nine of the 14 border counties in Texas, two-thirds of the U.S.-Mexico border within Texas, and all or part of 23 counties. Senate District 19 is home to five U.S. ports of entry, three U.S. toll bridges, 62 school districts, seven military sites, six state parks, and two national parks.