River flooding concerns in the Valley
Despite inches and inches of rain this week around the Rio Grande Valley, the National Weather Service says there is little chance of seeing any local rivers and streams breaking their banks.
At least, on the ones they measure.
Readings from the Rio Grande and Los Olmos Creek are all below flooding levels. However, the readings from the Arroyo Colorado near Harlingen are well above their normal levels, according to officials.
“One of them is the Arroyo Colorado in Harlingen. And we've noticed the water level there has gone as high as sixteen feet," said Barry Goldsmith of the National Weather Service in Brownsville. "Normally, it runs about 2, 3, or 4 feet. When it gets to that level, you see places like McKelvey Park, inside the levee if you will, flood."
Goldsmith warns that the majority of the flooding that could be seen in the coming days around the Valley will likely not come from rivers or streams, but from drainage ditches, canals and runoff areas that become overwhelmed by the water.
The CBS 4 Storm Tracker Team will continue to keep you updated throughout the coming days on the flooding threat around the Valley.