Hidalgo County prepares for flooding
Rain from the past two days has Hidalgo County preparing for similar floods that swamped the Valley back in June.
In Edinburg, the county has placed several pumps that will remain on standby Tuesday night, especially in the northwestern parts of Precinct 3 and 4, where Hidalgo County's Emergency Management Coordinator Ricardo Saldana says has been closely monitored. Saldana says several parts of Precincts 3 and 4, which include Mission and rural Edinburg, got ten inches of rain.
All day Tuesday, the county was preparing for the additional rain expected this week and are ready to set up pumps to help drain streets in case of flooding.
The county is particularly watching areas that were affected by the flooding in June.
Saldana says the county has already contacted the state for assistance in case they see flood damage similar to 3 months ago.
"We've already reached out to the state to start getting pre-positioned pumps on standby and also life safety equipment like rescue boats -high profiles vehicles to start moving them this way," Saldana said. "The request has been submitted, we're just waiting on a response."
Saldana advises those who were impacted by the flooding in June to make preparations to leave and to stay with other family members or at a shelter.
He also says to make sure you have food and water that will last at least seven days, depending on the impact of storms moving through.
Emergnecy responders in Hidalgo County say they are aware that there are still homes recovering from June floods and suggests that people tarp roofs to keep water from getting into the homes.
To report any type of flooding in Hidalgo County, contact your precinct or city offices at the following numbers:
- Precinct 1- 968-8733
- Precinct 2- 787-1891
- Precinct 3- 585-4509
- Precinct 4- 383-3112.