County issuing sand bags, beaches closed

Cameron County officials announced sand bags will be distributed to area residents beginning Monday morning.

The bags will be given out at all are precinct warehouses.

Precinct 1 – 2050 S. Browne Ave., Brownsville
Precinct 2 – 7092 Old Alice Road, Brownsville
Precinct 3 – 26945 FM 510, San Benito
Precinct 4 – 26623 White Ranch Road, La Feria

The bags will be given away from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until supplies run out.


Beginning Sunday at 5 p.m. the county will close a number of beaches due to Tropical Storm Nicholas.

The beaches will remain closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic until the threat is over.

Boca Chica Beach
County Beach Access 3
County Beach Access 4
County Beach Access 5 (EK Atwood Park)
County Beach Access 6

County beach areas on South Padre Island such as Isla Blanca Park and Andy Bowie County Park, will remain open until further notice.


  • San Benito City Service Center, 925 W. Stenger St., Monday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. to area residents and business owners.
  • Pharr Development and Research Center, 850 W. Dicker Road, Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Pharr EMS Headquarters at 3000 N. Cage Blvd.


Palo Alto Battlefield NHP has closed because of the tropical storm.

When announcing this closure, Acting Superintendent Roland Garza said, “with this tropical
storm in the Gulf, and possibly taking aim at the coast, we have to begin now in order to
safeguard human life.”

The park will reopen after the storm has passed and the staff has an opportunity to mitigate any hazards resulting from the storm.