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La Salle County

Hurricane Harvey Update

La Salle County has activated the Emergency Center as a location to address State, Regional and local safety issues relating to Hurricane Harvey. La Salle County has been advised by the National Red Cross and the State of Texas to direct evacuees north to the Freeman Coliseum, 201 Gembler Rd, San Antonio, Texas 78219. The Red Cross has established shelters there to handle the evacuees from the Coastal Areas and their medical needs.

Hurricane Harvey was declared a category 3 hurricane by the National Weather Center and expected to make landfall in the Corpus Christi area with a variance of 20 miles north and south of that point. People are urged to move north because a large amount of rain and flooding is expected. We are fortunate to have the hotel space for many evacuees but have very limited medical facilities. With the limited space, we have called in all emergency personnel. The stations in Encinal and Cotulla will be staffed to respond to all local needs as this storm progresses.

We have seen a large amount of traffic in town and shelters have designated by local church organizations for locals if weather conditions require evacuation for locals. There is RV Space available at JD's RV Park at 956-307-0746, the Civic Center will be open to assist up to 300 people in case the weather doesn't permit them to travel forward. The phone number at the Convention Center is 830-483-0165. There is a plan to have other shelters for local residents open as this storm progresses through the weekend.

In the past, severe rain in La Salle County has cut off Highway access North of Cotulla on IH 35, South of Cotulla on IH 35 near Caiman creek exit as well as potential flooding on Hwy 97, and all Farm to Market Roads surrounding the area. Because of previous flooding, all state roads east of IH 35 will be closed to heavy traffic to help expedite the evacuees from the coastal areas.

County Roads Cameron Road, Cochina Roads, Coquate Road, El Jardin, Evans Road and Natus are closed to all traffic with the exception of passenger vehicles and trucks.


Joel Rodriguez, Jr.
La Salle County Judge

If you need assistance from FEMA visit www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call 800-621-3362

Official Release here.


Two recent oil-related fires have kept La Salle County Fire & Rescue busy!  Visit the Fire Department's page for more information.


La Salle County 90-day burn ban in effect beginning February 10, 2017 . Guidelines and resolution here.



By Marc Robertson

Costing an estimated $14.6 million and including La Salle County’s first indoor swimming pool as well as new ballfields and recreation areas, the long-anticipated expansion of Martinez Park opened on the southeast side of Cotulla Thursday afternoon, July 21 with a dedication to its namesake.

Celebrated for his 40 years in public service, including tenure as La Salle County judge and as head of the Middle Rio Grande Development Council, Leodoro Martinez was the center of attention at Thursday’s ceremonies. Introduced by 81st Judicial District Attorney Rene Pena, guest speakers at the grand opening included County Judge Joel Rodriguez, State Representative Ryan Guillen, county commissioners, site construction contractors, Cotulla Mayor Javier Garcia, and Martinez himself, who acknowledged the work ethic and public service that his parents and grandparents instilled in him from an early age.

Mayor Garcia noted that the new park extension represents a revitalization of the portion of town it occupies and new opportunities for family-oriented activities.

Funded with county money and revenues from a bond sale of three years ago, the project has almost tripled the size of the original Martinez Park, which is jointly owned by the city and the county. The purchase of 50 acres from the Gilbert family of Laredo for development has also allowed for construction of Cotulla’s newest fire station, headquarters of the La Salle Fire & Rescue, a facility that opened earlier this year.

Designed by architect Killis Almond and overseen by project manager Frank Rodnofsky, the facilities built by Summit Construction include the indoor pool and recreation center, a multipurpose pavilion, four softball and baseball fields, a walking trail, picnic areas and parking space. Thursday’s ceremony was held at the entrance to the swimming pool building; food and refreshments were served in the pavilion to live music. The buildings and fields were open to public tours.

July 2016 - La Salle County Commissioners Court invites the community to the ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Martinez Park Sports Complex. Please click here for more info.