Rain does little to relieve drought

Highway flooded

While the recent rains have been great for dry lawns and flower beds, it does not mean city water restrictions will be lifted.

"Any water, any rain we do get in the Rio Grande Valley is good, McAllen Public Utilities manager Roy Rodriguez said.

While any rain is better than no rain, Rodriguez said to get out of a drought; we need it to rain upstream.

"The trend right now is the reservoirs are on their way down, hopefully we did get some rain upstream of Falcon Dam and it will make a good impact on that, but we don't anticipate on going off of mandatory restrictions for a while, Rodriguez said.

The weekend storms did carry some rain over the Falcon Dam watershed but it's still too early to tell if it made much of a difference.

Delta Irrigation District manager Troy Allen told Action 4 News Sunday's rain will only buy farmers a couple of weeks worth of irrigation water.

While photos from our Action 4 viewers show downpours turned some roads into rivers, it's not enough to lift city water restrictions.

"We will have to get substantial rain over a long period of time for it to have an impact," Rodriguez said.

It may even require a hurricane.

"Or a tropical storm is what it will take because that is the way the reservoirs were designed, for big storms to come in, they capture the water, and hold us until the next one," Rodriguez said.

Spring rains also bring out the mosquitoes, but fortunately city health officials are staying ahead of the game.

"We might get a quick affect but the health department is on that as we speak," Rodriguez said.

For the water restrictions in your area, contact your city water department or look at your billing statement, it's often printed on the bill.

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