Brownsville distributes sandbags for water buildup prevention

News Center 23

POSTED: Monday, September 16, 2013 - 4:45pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:55am

It's that time of the year again. Due to heavy rain from tropical storm Ingrid, Brownsville residents are reaping the benefits of the city's sandbag program.

"There's some residents that come get the sandbags because they have a problem with their water being stagnated in their yard since we've gotten so much water during these past few days, so they want to prevent water from going into their homes, because the water is not draining in their own property, so they use that to prevent water from going into their homes," said Brownsville Public Works interim emergency manager administrator Odee Ann Leal.

But for some residents, the water buildup does not simply stop in the yard. It creeps its way into the house. And that's where the sandbags come into play.

"In this area it floods a lot and I'm just trying to help out my mom and, you know, her water comes into the house. How, we don't know - probably the foundation is not set right - but the sandbags help a lot," said Brownsville resident Elva Capatillo.

After a large rain event, water tends to seep through the foundation of this house. That's why Elva says these sandbags significantly helps to reduce the amount of water that comes in.

"It'll stop it from going in as fast. It just, you know, it'll go by slow...slower than it usually goes by. It goes in very fast," said Capatillo.

And despite Elva's different methods of water prevention, the sandbags seem to be  the best at efficiently deflecting the water.

"Towels, uh, shopfacts, you name it...mops...Nothing but the sandbags," said Capatillo.

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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