The FEMA deadline is near and those affected by the June floods are still making repairs or maintenance on damaged property. However, there are some who have not fully recovered. One family was forced to dismantle parts of their home before the entire home collapsed.
On June 20, 2018 over 16 inches of rain fell in Weslaco. It quickly turned into two of feet of flooding. The National Weather Service dubbed the event ‘The Great June Flood of 2018’. For Blanca Ramirez and her elderly parents the rains were devastating.
Months after the flooding she and her family are forced to live elsewhere.
“It literally shifted my home off the boards on the bottom. We had to do re-leveling because I was in fear that the house would fall down.” Said Blanca.
Blanca is one of many affected by the heavy rainfall. She says the area has flooded in the past, but she’s never seen anything like this. She blames her local officials for the lack of preparation before and after the flooding.
“I haven’t even seen my commissioner that is supposed to be responsible for this area. He hasn’t come around. I have yet to see him since June 20th.”
She’s not alone in her frustration. Make Weslaco Drain Again is a Facebook group that is concerned about drainage. When we first met them, they were angry that officials did not have an answer to drainage maintenance. Today, they are facing similar concerns.
Israel Coronado – Make Weslaco Drain Again, “When you have 40 inches of silt on a 46 inch pipe, in my profession we call that a stroke and it takes basic maintenance to take care of that.”
Dina Murillo – Weslaco Resident, “To see that this far after, this long after the flooding occurred, that they are still displaced, it is very sad.”
Blanca Ramirez says that the rains are long gone but the repairs are not over.
News Center 23 has been attempting to have a one on one with Weslaco leaders on flood response, but they have yet to respond.