City of Edcouch devastated after Hurricane Hanna

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EDCOUCH, Texas (KVEO) — The heavy rainfall over the weekend left communities across the Valley devastated, the hardest hit was in Edcouch.

“At this point I would say we have total devastation,” said Victor De La Cruz.

Cruz is the city manager of Edcouch and has been dealing with another round of damaging rainfall.

“More rain, the winds started picking up as we got closer to the eye that’s when we started seeing problem with the water with the flooding,” said Cruz.

Trying to get to Edcouch now, is difficult.

“Go on 281 and get off on 187 that the only way to get in. Some the other areas, maybe a bigger truck can get through,” said Cruz.

Crews are working to clear flooded streets. Cruz is estimating this year’s flooding to cause more damage than before. He said for years the city was left behind when funding is available.

“Whenever there’s funds that we think are going to come in and we provide all the information, all the data, there’s certain criteria that is used to measure the level of devastation. I don’t see how someone can measure the level of devastation, even if it’s one inch of water it’s already damaged,” Cruz said.

The city needs money to give old structures a new facelift. Cruz said the water in the city is not running out fast enough. He working to build different infrastructure like detention ponds in hard hit areas to decrease flooding in area levies.

“Issues is that old infrastructure that is antiquated and needs to be serviced,” Cruz said.

City leaders and resident fear flooding will continue to impact their homes.

Another issue the city face was trying to find shelter for 40 residents who were displaced.

The city says they are looking to start training in order to create shelters.

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