Written by Kathy Olivarez Friday, 06 September 2013 08:00
When the July 2010 floodwaters of the Rio Grande River washed away part of the earthen levee protecting the Peñitas pumphouse, much of the area south of the expressway was in danger of flooding. Had the levee given way, the pump station supplying drinking water for the McAllen-Edinburg area would also likely have been ruined.
Trucks and heavy-duty equipment were immediately called in and emergency crews worked through the night to save the levee, sparing a widespread area, including south Mission and south McAllen, from flooding. While the temporary repairs were sufficient to save the pump station, more permanent repairs were needed. Three years later, those repairs are stalled.
Godfrey Garza, manager of Hidalgo County Drainage District #1, Monday expressed concern over the uncompleted levee project under the jurisdiction of the International Boundary Water Commission (IBWC). The major area of concern mentioned is the rehabilitation of the area around the Peñitas pumphouse.