Tio Cano residents frustrated over flooding, officials say more pumps are on the way


TIO CANO, Texas (KVEO)- Many areas in the Rio Grande Valley are still flooded, including dozens of homes near Tio Cano Road.

Many residents are concerned and frustrated. They said not much is being done to fix the ongoing flood problem.

“There’s a lot of people inside the houses, they got water inside for two feet a feet and a half,” said Margarito Perez, who has lived on Tio Cano his whole life.  

Perez tells us his home floods every year and with Hurricane Hanna, then more rain this past weekend, he said no one is helping drain the water out of the homes. 

“They come in with Cameron County with pumps and they have pumps, but they don’t pump it out fast enough, so there’s more water coming into this low area than they’re pumping it out,” said Perez. 

Al Martinez, General Manager with La Feria Irrigation District said he understands resident’s frustration which is why they are working on bringing more pumps into the area. 

“The county got two more pumps from Pharr and one pump from La Feria,” said Martinez. “Cities that are not inundated with water are now just freeing up their pumps.”

Martinez said to add more pumps in the area, the water levels need to reside in order for them to work.

“They’re about mid ways, I have a little bit of room to put a little bit of water so that’s why we’re bringing additional pumps into Tio Cano, but you can’t do that in the beginning you can’t go put four, five, six pumps there because it will inundate the system and it’ll push water into subdivisions,” said Martinez.

Martinez said with the three pumps being added, residents can expect to see the water go down within the next three days.

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