Action 4 Investigates: Plot to blow up Falcon Dam
Fri, 04 Jun 2010 04:41:48 GMT —
The sight of Falcon Dam located between Starr and Zapata counties could leave any visitor breathless and the thought of it being blown up, would send a shiver through us all.
Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez said he and other local law enforcement officials were told of a warning by the Zetas drug cartel in Mexico that they planned to blow up Falcon Dam.
Gonzalez said the Zetas allegedly left flyers in Miguel Aleman, a city a short distance on the other side of the Rio Grande from the dam.
If they had succeeded, the blast would have sent more than 1.64 million acre-feet or about 534 billion gallons of water from the Falcon Lake reservoir downstream.
Authorities recently reported Mexican "pirates" had been robbing American boaters on th lake.
Fisherman Dave Rowsey of Corpus Christi said he had heard the headlines but came fishing on the lake on Thursday anyways.
"I did have reservations coming down because of everything you hear in the news," Rowsey said.
According to the International Boundary and Water Commission, the dam being blown up is highly unlikely.
But in the event of catastrophic failure, there are flood control levees in place starting in Peitas which would help contain the overflow.
As flood waters continue to trek down the Rio Grande, a series of diversion dams would help move surging water safely away from neighboring communities.
That's not to say flooding would not occur especially when you're dealing with approximately 534 billion gallons of water.
But according to Falcon State Park officials, that rumor isn't affecting business here.
Even those who may have been weary about fishing so close to Mexico say a rumor of an explosion plot sounds like a big fish tale when you look around this place.
"Might as well be Canyon Lake, just as peaceful a day as any," Rowsey said.
Fellow Fisherman Dave Dobronski of San Antonio agreed.
This is one of the best bass fishing lakes in the country, people here are phenomenal and make a living off lodging and restaurants," Dobronski said.
The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was one of the agencies looking into the alleged plot.
DPS said they constantly monitor all know threats affecting the State of Texas but will not comment on tactical actions or responses.