POSTED: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 5:12pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 9:03am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — "Anything that can help protect against nature's fury, um, and give people peace of mind to live in a community like ours, which is growing rapidly, is a good thing," said National Weather Service warning coordinator meteorologist Barry Goldsmith.
And that's why construction workers have been working to upgrade and improve the levee systems all across the Rio Grande Valley.
In Cameron County, International Boundary and Water Commission employees, or IBWC, have been doing construction work on Levee Reaches Four and Five.
While the odds of the levees actually breaching due to a tropical storm or hurricane are very slim, officials don't want to take any chances.
"You have to prepare for the possibility of the worst case. As I like to tell it to people, think about the worst case you can imagine in your reality and then double it," said Goldsmith.
And if you live near an upgraded levee or flood zone, your flood insurance may go down because natural disasters will be much less likely to occur.
"Once they've been certified to withstand a certain amount of water coming through there at a certain level, then it would improve the insurance rates of nearby homes that are not too far away from the levee," said Goldsmith.
The IBWC received $220 million in 2009 to work on levee systems in the Rio Grande Flood Control Project. They are still allocating the money to different parts of the Valley to decide where it will be used best.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.