Cameron County Judge Concerned About Levees

POSTED: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 9:34am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 2:44pm

Officials in Cameron county are concerned about their levees, they're afraid the levees won't be able to sustain flood waters, Michelle Macias explains.

For more than two years, Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos has expressed his concerns about the levees throughout the county and those concerns still haunt him to this day. The International Boundary and Water Commission has and continues to say the levees in Cameron county are fine and have stressed to the County Judge and other local officials that they have worked on the levees and that there is nothing to worry about, but Cascos still isn't sure.

When Hurricane Belulah hit 42 years ago, it devastated the lower Rio Grande V alley, the region was inundated with torrential rains within hours with some parts getting over 27 inches of rain and South Padre Island experienced a 18 foot storm surge. That is a concern Judge Cascos says won't become a reality and although his hands are tied with improving the levee system

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Cameron County should have done like Hidalgo County when building the border fence and reinforcing the levee system with a concrete wall instead of settling for the joke that the border wall is in Cameron County.

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