Widespread flooding in Harlingen, sandbag distribution

A home on Swift Lane, three miles north on Solis Road north of La Feria is surrounded by water Tuesday morning. Courtesy: Harry Thielemann

 

The powerful thunderstorms that swept across the Valley Monday night left lots of flooding in its path and forecasters say more rain is in the forecast.

Many neighborhoods in west Harlingen are underwater this morning after reports of nearly a foot of rain.

Along Altas Palmas Road, many homes had one to two inches of water come inside. Along Stuart Place Road, similar problems arose with widespread flooding in homes near the Harlingen Country Club.

North of La Feria, on Solis Road residents woke up to lakes surrounding their homes with no possibility of leaving the area until the water recedes.

At the intersection of Wilson Road and Stuart Place Road, rescuers are using boats to help residents out of their homes.

The National Weather Service in Brownsville says the storm dropped 6 to 12 inches of rain across Harlinge, Weslaco and Raymondville.

The City of Harlingen is giving out sandbags beginning at 8 a.m. to all residents and businesses.
 
The sandbags are being distributed at the Public Works Facility located at 404 South 54th Street.
 
The bags are already filled, so residents will only need to show their ID verifying they live in Harlingen and a water bill.
 
Residents will be allowed six bags and businesses 12. If necessary the city says it will open other sandbag distribution locations.
More rain in forecast
The National Weather Service in Brownsville says the storms have broken the extreme heat that has hung around the Valley for days.
The forecast calls for a 60% chance of rain today from northern Cameron County all the way to Starr County. The potential for additional flooding exists for portions of Hidalgo County, plus western portions of Cameron and Willacy counties.
The peak indices will still reach 107 degrees in some areas of the Valley.
Flooded roads
The Weslaco Police Department is asking motorists to avoid major thoroughfares from the Expressway, south to Business 83, including Westgate, Bridge, Border, FM 1015 and Business 83 because of high waters.