Tuesday’s heavy downpours over the Río Grande Valley gave people a taste of what more persistent rainfall could bring.
For residents living in one neighborhood, near downtown McAllen and Expressway 83, the rain that fell from Monday night through Tuesday morning came as a surprise.
“I didn’t even know it was raining,” said Alicia Treviño.
Treviño said the rain continued to come down and it started to look worse.
Areas between 23rd Street and Bicentennial, where Treviño lives, is where the city is working on expanding drainage.
“Unfortunately, we had some areas of town especially the older parts of town where anything over an inch of rain [created] problems,” said Roy Rodríguez, McAllen’s City Manager.
Rodríguez said the drainage in older parts of the city is too old and small to handle heavy rainstorms.
After a drainage bond was passed by McAllen voters in May, the city just recently was able to sell its $22 million bond to begin designing the improved drainage.
Those areas include north of the Memorial Football Stadium, 27th Street and Pecan and between Bicentennial and 23rd Street.
“I was born here along with my six sisters,” Treviño said.
Treviño said she doesn’t want to leave her neighborhood or her childhood home.
For the upcoming hurricane season, she says she’ll be getting sandbags in order to prevent any flooding from getting in the house.
The city of McAllen says all the drainage improvements will be complete by the end of 2020.