It’s been over a month since the last severe flooding hit the Rio Grande Valley that left hundreds of residents in Hidalgo and Willacy County with devastation, putting a strain on the county’s resources.

“Clean up and then all the pump operations that we had there in the pumping water… All that added up to close to 5 million dollars.”

That prompted officials to declare the area a disaster zone and qualified it for federal aid. Fast forward to December, with the federal emergency management agency announcing it would open an assistance center for individuals seeking medical and financial help.

“It’s more than just money, it’s about taking these individuals that have been through a catastrophic event… We are here to support those individuals.”

Such is the case for Eugenia Campos, a Weslaco resident seeking help, after the late October rains flooded her parent’s home.

“Everything got ruined… The water went into the house… It went a little over the knees.”

Officials say there are over 650 residents like Campos who have applied for relief. Now many more can apply for aid at the FEMA’s resource center, located at 515 s. Kansas Avenue in Weslaco, and at 693 S. 7th Street in Raymondville, Monday through Friday from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Saturdays from 9 AM to 2 PM.

Residents have until January 25 to request relief. You may find more information by calling FEMA at 1-800-621-3362 or at www.disasterassistance.gov