LA FERIA, Texas — Traffic along FM 506 is flowing normally now but this was not the case last year.
“It will never stop being a lake, Tío Cano is about 17 feet lower natural ground and rightly so it collects water,” said Al Martinez, La Feria Irrigation District manager. As he addressed the ongoing issues happening at this hard hit flooding zone in Cameron County.
“We’re on top of it we know what to open and what to turn on from there on our experience is tells us it’s not we don’t drain Tío Cano over night if we get the same amount of water it’s a month of pumping and hopefully not and hopefully we don’t get to see those 500 year floods,” Martinez added.
In the last two summers, this subdivision in La Feria had several homes underwater.
The irrigation district does not want this to happen again.
“We‘re working on our ditches that got destroyed in 2018 and 2019 floods, we’re working on those ditches. We started at the north end. We’re fixing a jump south of Santa Rosa in a week, we’ve pretty much done all the north end,” he said.
They’re also installing another water pump at Tio Cano to get more water out.
Local officials are still discussing a permanent fix – and how to get the money to do it.
For now, they’re doing what they can to reduce the flooding.
“We are taking steps in trying to better the situation,” he said. ” Will it solve the flood? Probably not, you get 10 to 15 inches of rain in a very short time nothing is going to prevent it from flooding.”
As of now the Cameron County has received mitigation funds for Mariposa Ranch, a flood prone subdivision in La Feria.