Santa Rosa residents concerned over floodgate closures, officials say it’s necessary

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SANTA ROSA, Texas (KVEO) — Flooding continues in Santa Rosa with some residents concerned because the floodgates were closed and no one told them. 

“This is an ongoing event. Every time we get these storms, it’s an unfortunate thing. Nobody likes to see that,” said Alvaro Martinez, General Manager for La Feria Irrigation District.

Martinez tells us closing the gates is necessary during these flood events. 

“When the water from Mercedes and Weslaco come into the flood way and impact us, when it’s a big enough water it will impact us on a negative flow,” said Martinez.

Residents tell us they were not informed about the gate closures and could not prepare for the flooding. Martinez said they don’t have a platform to inform residents since the irrigation district mainly handles farmland.

“That is almost a norm, they need to understand that they don’t need to be called,” Martinez said. “Two to three days later this event will continue to happen unless some major improvements get done at the levees.”

Santa Rosa currently does not have a drainage district, which is why the irrigation district has stepped up to help.

Tom Hushen, Emergency Management Coordinator with Cameron County said they are working on clearing the flooding from that area.

“Every single pump that the county has is located in that area right now pumping, we also requested some from the states, some from the City of Brownsville everything we can get our hands on is going over to that area to make sure we get the water out,” said Hushen.

Hushen is hoping to get a drainage district in Santa Rosa by next year to help residents during these flooding events. 

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