More than 4,000 Harlingen homes impacted by flooding

A cul-de-sac off of Altas Palmas Road is surrounded by flood waters. Homeowners had at least an inch of water in their homes around 2 a.m. Tuesday. By Lisa Seiser, Valley Morning Star

City of Harlingen employees are picking up debris from flood ravaged neighborhoods, while others are spraying for mosquitos. The city says more than 4,000 homes in Harlingen alone were affected by the Monday, June 24 storms.

Crews are working 12 to 14 hours shifts picking up sheetrock, wood and other water damaged items residents have removed from their damaged homes. Already crews have collected more than 467,000 pounds of debris.

Monday morning a long line of trucks, pickups and cars were at the landfill ready to dispose of items.

Meanwhile, crews sprayed the entire city last week for mosquitoes. They are urging home owners to get rid of standing water and to cut any tall grass to discourage breeding mosquitoes.

The city has set up an email so residents can share information about damaged homes. The email address is

Cameron County sets up flooding hotline

On Monday, Cameron County opened a call center to field questions from residents affected by the flooding for the purpose of connecting them with the appropriate disaster-related community resources.

The call center is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to address questions from those affected residents in and around Santa Rosa, Palm Valley, Primera, Combes, Harlingen, La Feria, and County jurisdictional areas.

You can call any of the following numbers for help:

(956) 550-9170
(956) 550-9842
(956) 550-9737
(956) 550-9813
(956) 550-9123
(956) 550-9134

Disaster-related information may include (but not limited to):
• reporting flooding damage
• debris clean up,
• debris separation,
• debris pick up (to be announced),
• shelter locations and
• mosquito spraying.