Posted: Apr 17, 2012 6:18 PM
Updated: Apr 17, 2012 7:08 PM
MCALLEN - People in McAllen are keeping a close eye on the forecast; 1,100 homes were hit hard by a storm two weeks ago.
Even an inch of rain could ruin the repair process. Many people are still waiting on money to get the job done.
Angel Martinez says his insurance company is holding up repairs. His neighbors have completed the work needed to their homes.
"I guess I feel a little left out," he told us.
Meanwhile, Pompeo Quesada is turning to credit cards to make needed repairs on his home. He doesn't have homeowner's insurance. He estimates the repairs will cost more than $8,000.
"If it rains again, I will be devastated," he added.
Blue tarps covering homes are a sign of people still waiting on money for repairs.
"At this point, FEMA is telling us that we're not eligible for assistance. The long and short of it is, we didn't have any structures that were destroyed," said McAllen Assistant City Manager Pilar Rodriguez.
He told us the news from the federal government was a bad blow for the city and its residents. The assistant city manager added city crews have done what they can.
"We thank the residents of McAllen for being patient and giving us an opportunity to catch up," said Rodriguez.
Now it's fallen on homeowners to do the rest no matter how long or how pricey it gets. The city of McAllen is working with a non-profit group to help homeowners. Affordable Homes of South Texas is creating an emergency loan for people in McAllen.
It's called the 3-7-10 loan. It has a three percent interest, is $7,000 and can be paid off in 10 years.
You can contact Affordable Homes of South Texas at 956-687-6263.