Edinburg prepares for more possible flooding

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EDINBURG, Texas – Multiple cities across the Valley are still trying to recover from Monday’s rain. Edinburg Public Works continued working on drains all morning Tuesday, readdressing blockages in residential areas.

“We’re out running the ditches making sure that there is no obstruction in our ditches making sure that our inlets are clear and free. We’re vacuuming and flushing lines that we know that may be smaller in size making sure that those are clear and prioritizing those. We want to make sure that the drainage system is free and clear of any debris,” said Edinburg Public Works Director Vincent Romero.

The south side of the city accumulated over four inches of rain within minutes. Romero said residents can help prevent major flooding by keeping the area around their property clean.

“The brush, when they put it out to put it behind the curb. The water is designed to go into the street instead of the homes but when you have brush in the streets, the brush tends to float and it carries into the inlets, it carries over the grates and it creates blockage and obstruction. It also doesn’t allow the water to convey freely down curb and gutter because it has to work its way through the brush or around it.”

Romero said they will continue sandbag distributions at their center for as long as it’s needed.

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