The city of McAllen is being recognized for their assistance after Hurricane Harvey. The McAllen Public utility sent crews to help restore water services to the communities impacted by the hurricane.
After the heavy rains and damaging winds, the costal bend faced a disaster. A call was put out for assistance with utilities, and the city of McAllen responded.
Marco Vega – McAllen Public Utilities GM said, “In both departments water and wastewater, we were able to send personnel from both divisions, because communities need help on the water side and they need help on the wastewater side to restore their systems.”
The city sent a caravan of vehicles stretching a mile long from bulldozers to helping communities like Fulton, Aransas Pass, and Austwell.
“Every community relies on water, right? You don’t realize that until you don’t have it. To be able to restore basic water to a community is irreplaceable” said Vega.
The city is now being recognized for their efforts receiving an award in Austin from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Vega says it’s a sacrifice that is two-fold. Those employees who left their families behind to work night and day and those who stayed behind to keep McAllen’s utilities in operation but say they’d do it again.
Marco Vega adds, “Were better than everybody else because we like to help everybody else. You always have to put yourself in their shoes. If that would have hit here, we would be in dire need of people assisting us.”
The city of McAllen received the award as part of TCEQ’s annual public drinking water conference in Austin.