Hidalgo County has opened an emergency hotline for the public to obtain general information and sandbag locations.

Beginning at 10 a.m., Rio Grande Valley residents needing information about Tropical Storm Alex can call 956-318-2426. The hotline will be open until 8 p.m.

Shelter locations have NOT been announced as of this time, but will be available through this hotline once the locations are released to the public.