The City of San Benito Parks and Recreations Director, Art Garza urges residents to take all safety measures when being near a resaca.
“We have signage along the resaca. What we do is encourage our citizens to be vigilant around the area, and keep a close eye on their kids to make sure they stay out of trouble and don’t get too close to the water. Kids will wander. They’re curious,” said Garza
Some residents, such as Bernadette Sendejar, have their own safety measures when going for a quick jog near the resaca.
“I park near the feed store, and then I start running on this side, just to make sure that someone sees me. Either someone by a business or somewhere near the homes, that way they know that someone is out here. Lately I stopped wearing a headset, that way I can be more aware of my surroundings, especially near the bush area,” said Sendejar.
Sendejar says she tries to do her workouts during the day, but if she’s out late in the evening, she makes sure she has the appropriate gear.
“I try to wear reflective shoes, reflective clothing. I wear a reflective band, and I wear a hat that has a light,” said Sendejar.
Residents are also encouraged to call for help immediately if they see anyone drowning inside the resaca.
“Something that a lot of people don’t know, is that Cameron County Irrigation District owns the water, so if you see anybody out there, we encourage people to call us immediately. Call the police department right away.” said Garza.
Officials from San Benito Parks and Recreations also recommend you to take a partner if you plan on exercising near the resaca at night.