Weslaco residents prepare for Wednesday’s public forum

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The city of Weslaco will hold a public forum Wednesday evening to address last month’s severe flooding and recovery efforts. According to the latest city figures, over 2,300 homes in the area were damaged due to last month’s rainfall.

Weslaco resident Randy Hall says he will be asking officials to address the city’s drain ditch infrastructure.

“Our main concern now is: should we put it back together because should we get another flood in a couple months and we’ve just repaired everything, we’ll be back in the same mess we are in right now,” he said.

But city manager Mike Perez says officials are focused on recovery efforts. Modifying infrastructure is a costly and lengthy process, he says. The region’s floodways have not been evaluated by the International Boundary and Water Commission since the late 1960’s, says Perez.

But the severe flooding has caused many officials, including Perez, to consider petitioning for a review by the commission.

“There are a number of elected officials who, I believe, who will be meeting with the commissioner to revisit the capacity of the floodway and the Arroyo Colorado,” said Perez.

Perez says, “officials don’t have the answers to everything,” but says public forums are necessary to hear from the concerns of residents.

The meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Weslaco City Hall Legislative Chambers, located at 255 S. Kansas Ave.

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