Local emergency management coordinators are urging people in low-lying, flood-prone areas of the Valley to prepare an evacuation plan ahead of the tropical rains that’ll be drenching the region over the next few days.
A tropical disturbance moving through the Gulf of Mexico will begin to come ashore tonight, bringing bands of heavy showers that could dump anywhere from 1-1/2 to 5 inches of rain on any given area. Forecasters say with the ground already saturated from this week’s heavy rains, the downpours could cause flash flooding and leave neighborhoods in 2 to 3 feet of standing water.
Emergency officials say there have already been several high-water rescues in the Mid Valley this week, and it’s critical that people in poor-drainage areas think about moving to higher ground. The off-and-on downpours are expected to continue at least through the day Saturday. Sandbags are still being distributed at numerous locations in Hidalgo and Cameron counties, and you can find those locations on our 710 KURV webpage and Facebook page. Hidalgo County has also staffed its call center for residents needing any weather-related assistance. That number is 292-7750.