POSTED: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 7:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 3:13pm
Hidalgo county continued its efforts to clean up what Hurricane Alex left behind, flood waters and now pesky mosquitoes, Daisy Martinez has more.
Nearly five days after Hurricane Alex made landfall in the northern part of Mexico, missing the Rio Grande Valley, a pool of water still remains outside these homes in Hidalgo county near FM 493 and 2812. For the past four days pumps have been draining water from the surrounding areas hoping to clear the flood waters from homes, but residents here say they could not wait for county officials to take action, so the residents went out and bought water pumps to drain the water themselves.
"We couldn't even get out of our driveway, the thing is the county isn't doing anything so we had to go and buy our own pumps , me and my neighbors and drain it ourselves".
Hidalgo county spokesperson , Cari Lambretch says, "The county currently has 16 trucks pumping out water from areas like this, a reduction from the 22 trucks that were originally sent out last week". Residents say they are glad the pumps are there now, but hope the county will take action sooner during the next possibility of flooding.
With so much stagnant water around, mosquitoes have not failed to make their appearance, "The mosquitoes are bad, I don't know if you can see my foot, I just step in the water right here and look a bunch of them come out". The county began spraying different parts of the county to avoid the hatching of mosquitoes since the weekend and Lambrecht says the county is considerably good shape after the hurricane and is prepared if another one came this way. The pumps and mosquito spraying will continue as needed for the next few days.