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Cameron County renews drought-related disaster declaration

3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago Tuesday, April 23 2024 Apr 23, 2024 April 23, 2024 10:48 PM April 23, 2024 in News - Local

Cameron County remains in a state of disaster amid ongoing drought conditions.

On Tuesday, the county renewed its April 15 disaster declaration that was made in response to “ongoing serious drought conditions” persisting in South Texas, according to a news release.

READ THE DECLARATION HERE

Hidalgo County also issued a drought-related disaster declaration on April 9.

READ MORE: Hidalgo County judge issues disaster declaration over ongoing drought

A news release from the office of Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. cites “low water levels” at the Amistad and Falcon reservoirs that supply water to the entire Rio Grande Valley.

“In addition, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr has sent letters to the United States Department of State Secretary of State Antony Blinken on January 10, 2024, and March 12, 2024, to alert the appropriate federal government officials of our water shortage crisis and request immediate assistance,” the release added.

The release noted that Treviño and Cameron County commissioners will continue to advocate for Mexico to release water that is owed to the United States under a 1944 water treaty. 

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