Hidalgo County asks for patience as Hurricane Hanna recovery efforts continue

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MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — Hidalgo County Emergency Management officials say they have now entered recovery and assestment mode following Hurricane Hanna.

Officials say they are assessing damages to residential and county properties.

Rick Saldaña, Emergency Management Coordinator for Hidalgo County, says this time around they are seeing a lot of wind damage.

He says they are finding many roadways scattered with debris from construction materials like damaged fences, roofs and carports.

One system which was pushed beyond its capacity is the drainage system. Although drainage improvements have been made, there are still areas in the county where standing water continues to be an issue.

Saldaña says in the last 24 to 48 hours the system has improved and will continue to improve as long as the remnants of Hurricane Hanna, push further south and away from the Rio Grande Valley.

“If we get more rains we’re going to really be in some tough times because our system is still at about ¾ quarters full, so we are hoping that we don’t get any more rain,” says Saldaña

Saldaña adds one way the community can help is by sorting trash into three piles.

One pile will be for brush and vegetation, a second for construction materials and a third for appliances. If you don’t Saldaña says your items won’t be picked up, tires are also excluded.

As city and county officials clean up debris and remove floodwaters from neighborhoods, they are asking for patience.

Saldaña says they only have so many resources and personnel but they are doing the best they can.

He also asks for patience while utility crews work to restore electricity, adding some areas were so severely impacted, their entire electricity grids are having to be rebuilt.

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