Deadly amoeba found in Texas city’s water supply prompts disaster declaration from governor

Southwest

AUSTIN, Texas (NewsNation Now) — Gov. Greg Abbott has issued a disaster declaration for Brazoria County in response to a deadly amoeba that was found in the City of Lake Jackson’s water supply.

Authorities issued a boil water notice for the city as they flush and disinfect the water system.

“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,” said Abbott. The amoeba found in the supply is known as Naegleria fowleri.

A “Do Not Use Water Advisory” was issued for Lake Jackson, Freeport, Angleton, Brazoria, Richwood, Oyster Creek, Clute, Rosenberg, Dow Chemical, TDCJ Clemens and TDCJ Wayne Scott on Saturday but it was later lifted.

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