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Governor Abbott issues Disaster Declaration for Brazoria County after deadly amoeba found in Lake Jackson water supply

A Boil Water Notice has been issued for Lake Jackson as authorities continue to flush and disinfect the water system back to normal.
Brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri
Brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri(CDC)
Published: Sep. 27, 2020 at 3:11 PM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KBTX) - Governor Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for Brazoria County. It’s in response to a deadly amoeba found in Lake Jackson’s water supply.

The following is a press release from the Governor’s Office.

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a disaster declaration for Brazoria County in response to Naeglera Fowleri, a deadly amoeba, found in the City of Lake Jackson’s water supply. A Boil Water Notice has been issued for Lake Jackson as authorities continue to flush and disinfect the water system back to normal. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is working alongside the City of Lake Jackson, the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Texas Department of State Health Services, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Environmental Protection Agency to resolve the ongoing water issue.

“The state of Texas is taking swift action to respond to the situation and support the communities whose water systems have been impacted by this amoeba,” said Governor Abbott. “I urge Texans in Lake Jackson to follow the guidance of local officials and take the appropriate precautions to protect their health and safety as we work to restore safe tap water in the community.”

View the Disaster Declaration. 

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