In anticipation of Tropical Storm Alex, Mayor Richard H. Garcia signed a disaster declaration on Tuesday. The Edinburg City Council adopted the declaration at a special called meeting, pursuant to the Texas Local Government Code.

Hidalgo County Judge Rene A. Ramirez also signed a disaster declaration Tuesday morning, in anticipation of Tropical Storm Alex, pursuant to the Texas Government Code.

TS Alex is expected to reach hurricane strength later today, and forecasters predict it will have significant impacts on the Rio Grande Valley, including inland flooding for Hidalgo County. A disaster declaration can be issued by the County Judge in advance of a storm to invoke emergency procedures, including special purchasing procedures.