Monitoring Storm Disturbance

It's a scene all too familiar for certain areas around Cameron County like the Mariposa Ranch subdivision in La Feria - streets flooded, vehicles under water and homes in jeopardy every time a significant storm event occurs.

That's why with a disturbance brewing right now in the Yucatan Peninsula has Cameron County emergency officials rolling up their sleeves and preparing for what could come our way.

"There's nothing wrong with just having your finger on the trigger but not pulling it, being ready in case it does develop in to a hurricane," Emergency Manager Humberto Barrera said. We TMre just making sure that our (flood) pumps are fueled up and greased up, making sure that the tractors that are used to deploy those pumps are fueled up, and also identifying the crew members."

Barrera said the last major flooding event came with Hurricane Dolly in 2008. The lesson learned from Dolly, he said, is never underestimate mother nature and never get complacent.

"Hurricane Dolly was a category 2 and it caused a lot of devastation, caused a lot of flooding and millions of dollars worth of damages," Barrera said.

The recent rainfall throughout the Valley was needed to help alleviate the extreme drought conditions, Barrera said, but it also means the ground is now saturated, so homeowners in low-lying areas should stay prepared for what this disturbance may bring.

"The ground is already saturated, so if we do get a heavy amount of rainfall from this system, we're definitely going to see some flooding in low-lying areas - it doesn't take much in some areas," Barrera said.

The county is not distributing sand bags at this time, because they don TMt want to deplete their resources before knowing what the disturbance will become.

Officials remind people Hurricane season runs through November 1st and it TMs never too early to prepare.