Harlingen begins Hurricane Hanna cleanup efforts

The rain gauge at a west Harlingen home measures more than 12 inches of rain on Sunday after Hurricane Hanna struck the Valley. Courtesy: Patricia Chancey

HARLINGEN — From heavy rainfall and power outages to tree damage, the aftermath of hurricanes can involve a great deal of tidying up.

The City of Harlingen began cleanup efforts and is urging the public to help keep the mosquito population to a minimum.

According to a press release from the City of Harlingen, Hurricane Hanna, a Category 1 hurricane, dumped nearly 12 inches of rain throughout the city on July 26 and 27.

City crews began larviciding standing water throughout Harlingen on Monday and will continue as weather permits.

According to a press release, mosquitoes don’t need a lot of water to reproduce.

Mosquitoes can breed within three days in as little as one drop of water, which is why city officials stress the importance of regularly checking residential property for standing water.

Part of Graham Road in Harlingen was covered by flood waters after Hurricane Hanna moved through the Valley. By Ryan Henry, The Brownsville Herald

“You can help us keep the mosquito population low by being vigilant and removing standing water on your property that could serve as a breeding ground for the pesky bloodsuckers,” the press release states.

Some tips for preventing mosquitoes from breeding on a resident’s property include — dumping extra water from flower pots, making sure gutters drain properly, mowing the lawn at least once a week and emptying saucers under plants.

Additionally, homeowners are advised to frequently change the water in animal drinking bowls, birdbaths and animal troughs, as well as pick up toys where water can collect.

City officials advise people to use mosquito repellent and wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts while outdoors if they’re able to.

The press release states that once the rain completely stops, city crews will begin spraying for mosquitoes.

By Maricela Rodriguez, Valley Morning Star

City crews will begin storm brush and debris pick up on Wednesday.

Residents are asked to place the brush and debris on the curb, not on the road.

Additionally, brush and storm debris should be placed in two separate piles that don’t exceed 5 feet in length and 2 feet in diameter.

To help with cleanup efforts, residents are asked to send information and pictures of brush and debris that’s on roadways or other public areas to reporthgn@myharlingen.us.

The city’s cleanup schedule will continue for the next couple of months until all of the brush and debris is cleared.

ahernandez@valleystar.com