Starr County officials challenge residents allegations of denying help during severe storm

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STARR COUNTY, Texas — Dozens of homes in Starr County were destroyed during Monday’s devastating thunderstorm.

Residents claim when they asked the county for help, it was denied.

Gustavo Gonzalez has been living in Las Lomas for over 40 year and assures the county has never done anything to help it’s residents during severe flooding.

Clothing, furniture, electronics, and all family memories were taken away by 8 inches of water destroying their homes interior.

Gonzalez said he wishes the county would at least begin drainage projects to alleviate the levels of water but officials tell KVEO that is not in the plans just yet.

” It’s been considered but we haven’t gotten to it yet. We need federal funds for that,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Ruben Saenz.

Since Monday, the county has been working around Starr County’s colonias removing debris, furniture and any other trash clogging the drains.

Saenz said they way the colonias are built on hills is the cause of severe flooding in homes.

” Most of the houses are built too high or too low, it’s like a canal we can’t control the water,” said Saenz.

The county plans on setting up roller bins across the colonias this weekend to prevent drains from clogging.

Meanwhile, Rio Grande City is working on a master drainage plan for the city.

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