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Maverick County Eagle Pass Apply for Disaster Area Designation to Gov. Perry l EPBJ l 6.16.13

Maverick County Eagle Pass Apply for Disaster Area Designation to Gov. Perry l EPBJ l 6.16.13

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Eagle Pass Business Journal 
Accessed: 16 June 2013
Maverick County and Eagle Pass Apply for DisasteArea Designation to Governor Perr
By: José G. Landa
 An Exclusive Eagle Pass Business Journal News Story/Copyright 2013
The City of Eagle Pass and County of Maverick, Texas are applying to Texas
Governor Rick Perry’s Office to declare and designate both entities a national disaster 
area as a result of the over 16.65 inches of rainfall which drenched and flooded thisUnited States-Mexico border community on the Rio Grande River during June 14-15,2013 according to Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu. Mayor Cantu stated thatthe June 15th flood caused damage to over 140 homes and over 65 persons wererescued by boat from their flooded homes by a joint rescue task force including theEagle Pass Fire Department, Eagle Pass Police Department, Maverick County
Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Border 
Patrol, Southwest Texas Advisory Council of SanAntonio, Texas, Eagle Pass Independent School District, Texas Department of PublicSafety, and local volunteers.According to the National Weather Service from San Antonio-Austin, Texas,Maverick County received over 16.65 inches of rain within a 36 hours period duringJune 14-15th causing extreme and severe flooding of the Elm Creek in northernMaverick County, the Rio Grande River, Seco Creek in northern Maverick County,and Farm to Market Road 1021 known as El Indio Highway in southern Maverick County, and many other low lying areas and Colonias within Maverick County.
Should Governor Perry’s Office grant the City and County’s application for national
disaster area, Maverick Countians will become eligible for state and federal relief  programs to assist them with their damages and rebuild their properties, streets,highways, and other flood control projects in the future.The National Weather Service attributed the sudden and unexpected flooding inMaverick County due to a stalled upper-level low pressure area over northern
Coahuila, Mexico in the Sierra Madre Mountains causing moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to accumulate and dump torrential rains for a 36 hours period.All of the Maverick County floodwaters drained directly into the Rio Grande River causing the Rio Grande to crest atop its banks and almost reach the top of the two Cityof Eagle Pass International Bridges connecting to its sister city of Piedras Negras,Coahuila, Mexico.The Elm Creek in northern Maverick County also crested outside its banks to a recordlevel flooding Highway 277 North impeding vehicular traffic and transportation between Eagle Pass and Del Rio, Texas for three days including today, Sunday, June16th, according to the Texas D
epartment of Transportation’s Office in Laredo, Texas.
Highway 277 North in Maverick County is an important transportation corridor for international trade between the United States and Mexico as many trucks entering theUnited States from Mexico at the Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas, Mexicoland port of entry use it to travel from Laredo to California and vice-versa. Manytractor-trailers were still parked on Highway 277 North a mile or two from the ElmCreek Bridge crossing waiting for the water to recede and the Highway be reopened by the Texas Department of Public Safety as of Sunday, June 16th. Other tractor-trailers turned around and searched for other longer route alternatives to cross throughto Del Rio, Texas and onwards to their destinations in the State of California and vice-versa.According to Mayor Cantu, there are no reported deaths to date despite the massiveflooding problems in Maverick County. Mayor Cantu attributes the outstanding work of all law enforcement agencies and the joint rescue task force organized by theseentities. Without the joint rescue task force being operational, the recipe for fatalitieswithin the community as a result of the severe and raging floodwaters could have beendisastrous.June 16th, 2013 |  News
El cal
Accessed: 16 June 2013
Piedras Negras, Coah.- Las familias que en forma preventiva fueron evacuadas de susviviendas en la comunidad de Villa de Fuente y colonias de Piedras Negras aledañasal Río Escondido, ya están autorizadas a regresar a sus hogares, pues no se presentaron nuevas lluvias y bajaron los niveles del río y otros afluentes.Igualmente quienes ante las inundaciones debieron desalojar sus casas en más de 40colonias y algunos sectores del centro de Piedras Negras, pueden regresar, pues alfluir el agua que estaba estancada, ya es posible circular por la mayoría de las calles.Así se estableció en un reporte preliminar, en tanto se encuentra reunido el Consejo deProtección Civil, en reunión encabezada por el gobernador Rubén Moreira y elCoordinador General de Protección Civil de la Secretaría de Gobernación Luis FelipePuente Espinoza.De igual manera siguen trabajando las comisiones formadas para atender y cuantificar la contingencia.

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