Residents say homes in La Blanca flooded after faulty canal

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LA BLANCA, Texas — Homes across the Rio Grande Valley are destroyed following Hurricane Hanna and two weeks later, residents in Hidalgo County say no one is helping them with the damage she left behind.

“The water just started pouring down from the back of the house, it’s a problem with the overflow of the drain and I don’t think it was fixed right by the county,” said Anna Salinas who lives on Aurora Street in La Blanca.

Neighbors are blaming a faulty canal behind the street for their homes being destroyed by flooding.

“The drainage was fixed maybe three years ago, they started making barriers but getting to 107 it’s flat, that’s where the water overflows and it just started coming in,” said Salinas.

Nearly everyone on their street had to move out after the flood.

“I’m mad because we were barely making it, we don’t have the money to fix it, we’re struggling and then to be fixing all that,” said Maria Lugo, who also lives on Aurora Street.

Lugo says her biggest worry is that her handicapped son has nowhere to sleep.

“We had a lot of mold that was coming into the walls, so we had to start cutting and I have a handicapped son so I need to have everything clean before he can come into the house,” said Lugo.

Those are just two homes of the dozens on that street that have been gutted and are still in the beginning phases of recovering.

Some homes had more than three feet of water in them for days at a time.

The neighbors say they just want the drain fixed so this doesn’t happen again.

“I just want something be solved, or the drainage get fixed, I don’t know, I don’t know, I just don’t know what to do, I don’t even want to live here anymore,” said Salinas, “I called Precinct 1 and until now, they haven’t gotten back to me.”

KVEO reached out the Hidalgo County Precinct 1 Commissioner David Fuente’s Office who said they will be assessing the area after we brought it to their attention.

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