LUPE members address flooding concerns — with some Christmas cheer
Flooding concerns were brought up Tuesday in Hidalgo County Commissioners Court— with some Christmas cheer.
Residents north of Edinburg say that open drainage ditches cannot handle heavy water amounts.
During a public forum, La Union del Pueblo Entero members sang to county commissioners in Spanish saying “All I want for Christmas is that you pass MSRs” to the tune of Christmas carol, "Feliz Navidad."
LUPE, a local nonprofit organization, wants Model Subdivision Rules or MSRs to become an official county ordinance. These subdivision rules would require developers to install drainage and street lighting in residential areas.
LUPE says these standards would alleviate flooding and reduce crime.
The Hidalgo County Drainage District presented commissioners with an improvement plan for these communities. The drainage district said that the Model Subdivision Rules could become official by county commissioners as the early as next month.
"Like for example, the 25-year standard of drainage, it’s not an official yet,” said LUPE coordinator Martha Sanchez. “They are requiring from the developers, but it’s not an official yet."
LUPE members said they are worried that after elections next year, a new county judge or a shake-up on the commissioners court could derail the possibility of subdivision rules from getting approved.