As one part of the Rio Grande Valley is flooding, another area is doing their part to make sure that doesn’t happen again.
Hidalgo County Commissioner for Precinct One, David Fuentes, traveled to Washington, D.C. with other local RGV leaders from neighboring counties to meet with lawmakers.
“This isn’t just for one little town, or one county- this is for everybody who lives in the South Texas area,” said Fuentes.
It was June 2018 and the rain didn’t stop in the Rio Grande Valley.
One year later, local leaders like Fuentes, are working to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“We’re working very hard to find solutions for the people of the Valley.”
A disaster recovery bill is giving $46 million to Hidalgo, Cameron and Jim Wells County.
Fuentes says they have asked for more for another disaster recovery bill and he hopes he gets it.
“We know that eventually that money is going to become available to us, much like the bonds that were approved in November 2018,” said Fuentes. “We are proposing more infrastructure and projects that would help relieve the flooding concerns, type program.”
That November 2018 bond was when homeowners approved a $180 million bond for a better drainage system.
It will take two to three years before that new drainage system is in place. That’s why Fuentes traveled to Washington D.C. and spoke with congressman and senators, like John Cornyn.
“We said, ‘Hey, we’re coming to you as an area that represents 1.5 million people at the minimum and we’re coming to you to communicate to your our needs.'”
Fuentes says the design plans are already in the works and they are prepping for any future flooding the RGV may see this hurricane season.