Mexican president inspects hurricane damage in Matamoros, Monterrey

Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited Matamoros and Monterrey on Wednesday to visit affected areas by the flooding.

Calderon announced that federal emergency funds are now available to disaster areas in Tamaulipas and Nuevo Leon.

There is no information yet on the exact amount of relief funds that will be made available.

But Tamaulipas Gov. Eugenio Hernandez-Flores has already asked for more helicopters to assess the damage and help in any recovery efforts.

Calderon met up with Hernandez-Flores as well as numerous local leaders, including the mayors of Matamoros and Reynosa.

"The instructions I have given the Ministry of Social Development is to work with the government of the State of Tamaulipas to help out residents repair their homes if it is needed and to replace items lost due to flooding, President Calderon told Action 4 News.

Immediately following the emergency meeting in Matamoros, Calderon boarded a helicopter and flew over some of the most affected areas by the rains and flooding near the Rio Grande.

He then headed to Monterrey where he was expected to visit some of the affected areas in that region and met with leaders there.

The possibility of flooding forced the mayor of Matamoros to order the closing of the Matamoros-Reynosa Highway.

He said it could be closed for several months.