AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – With the approach of Tropical Storms Marco and Laura, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is warning residents to be leery of price gouging and scams that are seen during times of disaster.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced on Monday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved his request for aid. He had also issued a state disaster declaration on Sunday.READ MORE: Fight Between Brothers Ends With 1 Shot, Critically Injured And 1 Arrested In Alvarado Friday Night
Tropical Storm Marco is expected to make landfall Monday evening in Louisiana and then move into Texas Tuesday evening, while Laura has the potential to land in or near southeast Texas as a strong hurricane later in the week.
Paxton reiterated that price gouging is illegal during a declared disaster. He said the law prohibits vendors from charging “exorbitant” prices for supplies such as drinking water, food, batteries, generators, towing, clothing, medical supplies, lodging, repair work and fuel during and after the disaster.READ MORE: 'I'm Afraid We're Going To See A Surge Of Violence' Says Texas Criminologist Following Recent Mass Shootings
“In preparation for the coming storms, I urge all Texans to be cautious of dishonest individuals looking to scam vulnerable citizens,” Paxton said. “My office will aggressively prevent disaster scams and stands ready to prosecute any price-gouger who takes advantage of Texans.”
The governor’s disaster declaration covers the following counties: Aransas, Bexar, Brazoria, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Kenedy, Kleberg, Liberty, Matagorda, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, and Willacy.MORE NEWS: Texas Grand Jury To Consider Charges In Shooting Death Of Protester Garrett Foster Last Summer
Anyone who witnesses price gouging or scams is urged to file a complaint here.