Gov. Abbott: Our priority is getting food, water to Texans

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AUSTIN, TX - MAY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on May 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Abbott said that childcare facilities, youth camps, some professional sports, and bars may now begin to fully or partially reopen their facilities as outlined by regulations listed on the Open Texas website. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX - MAY 18: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Texas Governor Greg Abbott announces the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on  May 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. Abbott said that childcare facilities, youth camps, some professional sports, and bars may now begin to fully or partially reopen their facilities as outlined by regulations listed on the Open Texas website. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

AUSTIN, TX – MAY 18: Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced the reopening of more Texas businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic at a press conference at the Texas State Capitol on May 18, 2020 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 3:50 PM PT – Friday, February 19, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) said he’s pooling resources to get food and water to residents. During a press conference on Friday, Abbott announced his office is working with local and federal agencies to set up water testing labs in order to bolster the state’s clean water supply.

He also vowed to cut regulations for truck drivers to help expedite food deliveries from farms to retail stores.

“I want to reassure you that we are using every single tool at our disposal to make sure that your needs are going to be met,” Abbott stated. “The truth is what we always know, and that is for decades, more than a century, Texans have faced enormous challenges, and we’ve always overcome those challenges in the past and will do so again this time.”

In the meantime, Abbott is urging residents who want to lend a helping hand to contact the Red Cross or www.feedingtexas.org to coordinate how to provide supplies to struggling Texans.

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