Congressman Hinojosa to Ask Government for Aid

POSTED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 8:17am

UPDATED: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 1:40pm

As water continued to be diverted to the floodways from the Rio Grande river, there is no danger of water overflowing from the river.

Rodolfo Montero, IBWC Area Operations Manager says, "Our purpose here is to control the river flows, so right now we have a capacity to control 7,000 cubic meters per second, but we right now coming into Anzalduas is 2,000 cubic meter per second. That's like 15% or something like that, so we're doing very well, also the floodways are dry, so all of this is coming in through one point, and the water is going to creep, its going to fill the hole slowly and go all the way up to the Laguna Madre."

With water comes mosquitoes and Congressman Ruben Hinojosa is asking the federal government for help and said, "Now we are writing a letter so that we can get the federal government to put up some money, that we can have the necessary funds to buy the chemicals and do the aerial spraying to be able to control the mosquito build up that has occurred in these last two weeks."

On Saturday, Congressman Hinojosa went to the Rio Grande river to get a first hand look at the situation  and his plans is to notify the federal government of the situation here, now that he has seen it himself.

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"As water continued to be diverted to the floodways from the Rio Grande river, there is no danger of water overflowing from the river."

Sadly, it is overflowing. Come check out Military Road in Penitas and La Joya. The flooding's been getting significantly worse since Sunday.

- Y.V.
La Joya resident

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