POSTED: Thursday, April 4, 2013 - 4:51pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 5, 2013 - 8:25am
RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — US Congressman Filemon Vela was in Willacy County Thursday talking to and hearing from concerned farmers regarding the water shortage and the drought issue in the Rio Grande Valley.
Congressman Filemon Vela told the farmers he will keep talking the State department and push them to talk to Mexico to release hundreds of thousands of acres of water promised under a 1944 treaty.
Farmers told the congressman that times are really tough.
"This is starting to shape up as the hardest time I have gone through, I wasn't around for the so called drought in the 50's, the fields are getting pretty bad you can see the sand dunes." said farmer Dale Murden.
"You can read out it, you hear can about it, until you talk to the people who are suffering the real consequences of the drought and the failure of Mexico to deliver the water, than you don’t understand, but once you do really get to see what they are going through and so it’s my job to push the message forward and help the people who are suffering the consequences we are going through."said Congressman Filemon Vela.
Vela says Mexico currently owes the US around 400,000 acre feet of water.