Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo discusses TS Nicholas, resolution in opposition of Texas’ abortion law


HOUSTON – Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo held a news conference Monday at 3 p.m. to provide an update on county work to prepare for impacts from Tropical Storm Nicholas.

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Hidalgo said the tropical storm could be a possible threat to the county channels and structures, mostly the southeast part of the county. She said she has spoken to Gov. Greg Abbott and worked with TxDOT to be at a higher level of readiness.

Hidalgo announced that the county has activated its readiness threat level to Level 2 and will raise it if needed. As of 5 p.m. Monday, the judge said all county offices will be closed and will remain closed through Tuesday, canceling all court dates and businesses with the county.

Hidalgo said the Harris County Public Health testing and vaccination sites will be closed, starting Monday afternoon and will remain closed on Tuesday. She advised all residents to get to where they need to be by 6 p.m. and stay there until the storm threat is over.

Hidalgo also touched on the Harry Styles concert, which has now been postponed due to the tropical storm. She noted how officials do not advise residents to be on the roadways trying to drive to or from the concert.

Texas abortion law

Hidalgo also provided details of a resolution strongly opposing SB 8 that will be presented for a vote at Harris County Commissioners Court.

She said the law is a hassle for women and a threat to their safety by giving stalkers access to spy on women who are seeking an abortion. She said the SB 8 Bill promotes a culture of stalking young teens and rape victims and pits neighbors against neighbors.

Watch the full press conference below:

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