I was informed Wednesday by one of my readers that the RGV had gotten some “serious rain”.
We spoke to the stepdaughter a little while ago, and McAllen and some surrounding areas have been declared disaster areas by the Governor due to flooding.
The kid works at BN and she said the south store on the Expressway was closed due to flooding at Ware Rd. Many school districts were closed today. More rain on the way.
The problem is this; the entire area is in a flood plain.
That means it’s FLAT. No where for water to drain.
The city of McAllen has spent literally millions of dollars to repair the drainage issue without much success.
The area at 10th and Harvey in McAllen was a duck pond 75 years ago. You can’t just drain the pond and just plop down a new subdivision; oh wait. that’s exactly what the developer did. That whole area from around 6th and Harvey west to around North Main is just waiting for a quick two inches of rain to gather into folk’s living rooms.
10th and Dove? another disaster.
10th and Nightingale? same.
The new divided streets now at 10th and Trenton? They took out the five lanes with the center lane left, and installed boulevards because of the assholes that pull into the gas station and then block 5 lanes of traffic to get across and go the other way.
Now, the water has nowhere to go.
I am not an engineer, but if a large amount of water collects in a certain area consistently, then a deep hole must be dug and large pumps installed to move the water away to large ditch that is already been dug. There is one there, eight blocks from N. 10th Street they just need the pumps. Even so, still might not be enough. But at least it would cut down the time folks are wading knee deep in their living rooms.
From what she said, half the town is shut down with standing water.
Soon, the skeeters will breed and multiply. This is what happened before Hurricane Beulah in ’67. Rain, rain, and more rain, then Beulah hit dumping 12 inches more on the already saturated ground.
So glad to be gone.
I hope you came out unscathed, JR.