EDINBURG, Texas – In 2015 homes across the Rio Grande Valley were flooded after remnants of Hurricane Patricia pounded the region with 1 to 2 inches of water per hour. Many colonia homes in Hidalgo County Precinct 4 flooded, leading to a presidential disaster declaration.
Araceli Aleman, colonia resident, “Everything would flood and everything would get wet. The water would get in and come up to our knees. The mattress, the living room, the kitchen everything would all get wet and then you would have to throw everything away.”
Now a $4.6 million drainage project is under way which will significantly alleviate flooding and improve drainage in 13 colonias. Funding comes from the Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the project is being administered by the Hidalgo County Urban Program.
Ellie Torres, Hidalgo County Commissioner Precinct 4, “This is a very important program, that thanks to GLO and our urban county, that we were able to utilize these monies for infrastructure, for future flooding that hopefully will not occur.”
Officials also say federal funding from the 2015 disaster recovery program, which allocated for housing, is available for low and moderate income homeowners in the affected 13 colonias. Residents say this project will benefit many people living in the colonias.
“It is good that they are doing this so the colonias don’t flood because before many would flood and now with this new project the colonias won’t flood.” said Aleman.
For more information about the federal funding available for homeowners head on over to: https://www.hidalgocounty.us/2406/GLO-Disaster-Recovery-Housing-Program