Cameron County officials working around the clock to pump water out of homes

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HARLINGEN, Texas (KVEO) — Cameron County Emergency Officials say they are working tirelessly around the clock, in an effort to pump water out of homes and neighborhoods.

Officials say the hardest-hit areas include Santa Rosa, La Feria, Rio Hondo and some areas of Harlingen.

Now officials are in damage assessment mode and find themselves looking where the greatest need is to pump out water.

Juan Martinez, Operations Section Chief, with the Office of Emergency Management of Cameron County says recent drainage improvements did help.

As waters from Hurricane Hanna initially fell, waters were flowing then more rain upon more rain fell, eventually overloading the system.

Crews from precincts and city workers are now working 24/7 tyring to move water out of neighborhoods as quickly as possible. Adding to the difficulty is waters moving from Hidalgo County and recent rains over Santa Rosa and La Feria.

Martinez says sometimes it feels like they are fighting a losing battle but they are doing whatever they can.

“We know that they are in dire need. We know that they are suffering. Believe me, I’ve been face to face with a lot of these people, and it hurts us as well as it hurts them. We are with them were in this fight, and we will do everything that we can to make sure this water leaves as quickly as possible,” says Martinez

Martinez also says the floodway of the International Boundry and Water Commission is nearing capacity, and more water off the mountains from Hurricane Hanna could be on the way.

County emergency officials also say they have also received a lot of assistance from cities like Brownsville and La Feria, but have requested more pumping resources from the state.

On Tuesday afternoon, they received pumping assets from the state and installed new high-velocity pumps.

Now officials don’t know how long it will take to pump out all the waters, and say at this time there are too many factors at play to make that determination.

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