Governor Abbott Monitors Flooding in Hood County

Governor Greg Abbott was in North Texas Thursday, getting briefed in Hood County about flooding. 

Hood County has been declared a disaster after heavy rains the past few days.

A municipality must be declared a disaster in order to be considered for Federal Emergency Management Agency funds. 

Abbott said it will take a few days to assess all of the damage, which determines the amount of federal funding.

Abbott spoke to reporters after meeting with emergency responders. 

He reminded people to stay safe, using the words “turn around, don’t drown.” 

He also had a message for people whose homes were in danger because of flood waters.

“If water is rising and you are concerned about your property, remember this...and that is your life is far more valuable than your property," said Abbott. "If you are told by a local official to evacuate, heed that warning."

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