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  • Car Found Abandoned in Canal Play Video

    September 18, 2014 12:42 PM

    MCALLEN - Police are investigating why and how a car ended up in a canal in McAllen. They received a call just after 8 a.m. Police found a blue Chevy Cruze in the canal near Yuma Avenue and McColl Road. Firefighters said they responded because they thought someone might... more »
  • Oil Slick Discovered in Canal Near Mercedes Play Video

    September 17, 2014 8:00 PM

    MERCEDES - A small oil spill was discovered at an irrigation canal near Mercedes. The small spill happened on Mile 2 1/2 Road West, just north of Interstate 2. A man who cares for horses nearby says he's been worried that the contamination could make those animals sick.... more »
  • Man Helps Pull Crash Victim from Canal Play Video

    September 4, 2014 5:13 PM

    MCALLEN - An employee of a roofing company is reflecting after he helped a law enforcement officer and a by-stander pull a man from a sinking car. The car landed in a canal in McAllen after authorities say the driver lost control. Julian Villanueva's day started off just like... more »
  • Mission Man Killed in Morning Accident Identified Play Video

    September 4, 2014 12:34 PM

    MCALLEN - An off-duty Hidalgo County sheriff's deputy was released from the hospital, after attempting to save a man's life. Sgt. Johnny Hernandez, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said a driver lost control and slammed into a guardrail. The impact pushed the blue Saturn into... more »
  • Suspect in Cyclist's Death Pleads Guilty Play Video

    September 2, 2014 12:30 PM

    EDINBURG - A man accused of running over an Edinburg cyclist pleaded guilty to all the charges against him. Emilio Gomez was charged with intoxication manslaughter, accident involving death and tampering with physical evidence. Police said in April, Gomez was driving in the early morning hours and hit cyclist... more »
  • Chase Ends in Vehicle Rollover, Several Injured Play Video

    August 20, 2014 12:34 PM

    ALAMO - Multiple law enforcement agencies are at the scene of a vehicle rollover that involved several illegal immigrants. Around 10 a.m., Border Patrol agents tried to stop the driver of a pickup truck, who was spotted near the river and heading north. The driver instead led them on... more »
  • Cameron County Drainage Project Nears Completion Play Video

    July 29, 2014 7:56 PM

    COMBES - A drainage project meant to protect two Cameron County communities from severe flooding will not be finished before the end of the current hurricane season. The project has been delayed twice. The new drainage canal is expected to provide flooding relief for Combes and Primera. Both communities... more »
  • Border Patrol Working to Retrieve Unit from Canal Play Video

    July 16, 2014 10:03 AM

    Border Patrol is working to retrieve a unit that fell into a canal this morning. Spokesperson Omar Zamora confirms one of their vehicles slid into a canal this morning near Anzalduas Bridge. Zamora tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the initial report indicates there was only one person inside the... more »
  • Police Investigate Drowning in Mission Play Video

    June 24, 2014 4:22 PM

    MISSION - Police continue the investigation into a body found in a canal Monday. Police said rescue crews pulled the man's body from the canal off of 1st Street near Conway Avenue just before 8 a.m. A preliminary autopsy shows the man drowned. Police say there are no... more »
  • Autopsy Ordered for Child Found in Canal

    June 24, 2014 9:02 AM

    NORTH OF PALMVIEW - An autopsy was ordered for a 1-year-old found floating in a canal. Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are now interviewing the child's family. Authorities told CHANNEL 5 NEWS they got a call about a missing child around 7 p.m. Monday. By the time they arrived, relatives... more »
  • Authorities Investigate Toddler's Death Play Video

    June 23, 2014 10:12 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A toddler reported missing was found in a canal. The child was found at approximately 7 p.m. Monday. The canal is near FM 107 and Abram Road. Deputies tried to revive the child but were not successful. The toddler was pronounced dead at a local... more »
  • Man's Body Found in Mission Canal

    June 23, 2014 9:22 AM

    MISSION - An autopsy was ordered after a man's body was retrieved from a Mission canal. Police said they've identified the man and are working to notify his family. Mission Police Department spokesperson Manny Casas said officers were called to the canal off of 1st Street, near Conway Avenue,... more »
  • Fire Officials Send Out Water Warnings Play Video

    June 8, 2014 8:31 PM

    MISSION - Officials are warning residents to stay away from the canals as a way to beat the heat. Mission Fire Chief Ricardo Saldana said drownings are not isolated to the beach or pools. Most happen in canals. "The undercurrent flowing... down there you don't know what's down... more »
  • Leaky Irrigation Pipe a Concern For Weslaco Residen Play Video

    April 17, 2014 9:37 PM

    WESLACO - A Weslaco man fears a leaky irrigation pipe could cause a bridge to collapse. He said water spraying out of multiple holes on the pipe is eroding the canal bank. The massive leak is on a pipe over a canal on Bridge Avenue. Jason Munoz said... more »
  • Police: Man Caught Trying to Get Rid of Cyclist's Body Play Video

    April 17, 2014 1:02 PM

    EDINBURG - Police are questioning two people accused of trying to dump the body of a hit-and-run victim into a canal. Edinburg officers said the men had backed a pickup truck to a canal north of Donna and were caught in the process of getting rid of the body... more »
  • Edinburg Woman Demands Action from Irrigation District Play Video

    April 9, 2014 7:37 PM

    EDINBURG - An Edinburg woman says water from a nearby canal is flooding her farm and creeping closer to her home. Seneida Ayala and her husband said the irrigation district can't seem to find or fix the problem. She said part of her property is now flooded and unusable.... more »
  • Big Rig Plunges into Canal Play Video

    March 31, 2014 5:08 PM

    McALLEN - A stretch of Jackson Road remains closed to traffic as crews pull an 18-wheeler from a canal. The road closure is between Ridge Road and Sam Houston Street. The accident happened at approximately 12 p.m. Monday. Officials said the truck driver was distracted using a GPS... more »
  • Authorities Search Canal for Immigrant Play Video

    March 24, 2014 4:20 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Authorities continue searching for a man believed to have drowned in a canal in Penitas. The illegal immigrant and another man jumped into the water to cross to the other side, officials said. Strong currents likely pushed the man into a tunnel under Expressway 83. ... more »
  • Chase Ends with Car in Canal Play Video

    February 27, 2014 1:10 PM

    LA JOYA - A chase ended with one man in custody and a car in a canal west of La Joya. DPS troopers said a trooper attempted to stop a black Ford Taurus for a traffic violation around 9 a.m. Officials say the driver refused to stop and led... more »
  • Toddler Found Wandering Alone Near Canal Play Video

    February 13, 2014 11:30 AM

    BROWNSVILLE - A 59-year-old woman is facing charges, after a 2-year-old was found alone next to a canal. The person who found the toddler notified Brownsville police and told officers the child was unattended for about 30 minutes. The child was on the 1500 block of Monterrey Drive. Police... more »
  • Combes Residents Await Completion of Drainage Project Play Video

    December 17, 2013 9:30 PM

    HARLINGEN - A federal-funding deadline has been extended on a $4-million drainage project in northern Cameron County. The project began in October, 2012. Funding was set to expire on Jan. 1, 2014. A snag between Cameron County Drainage District No. 5 and Union Pacific Railroad delayed the project and... more »
  • Troopers Probe Deadly Crash in San Benito Play Video

    December 10, 2013 4:01 PM

    SAN BENITO - Texas Department of Public Safety troopers continue investigating the death of a woman in San Benito. Investigators said Odilia Cortez, 56, died when her car plunged into a canal at about 7:40 a.m. The incident happened off Hudson Road, just off of FM 2520. DPS... more »
  • Family Mourns Drowning Victim Play Video

    October 31, 2013 10:30 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - Friends and relatives of a 22-year-old man who drowned in a canal north of Weslaco said they saw him for the last time on Wednesday. Juan Martinez Martinez died when his SUV went into the water at Mile 4 West Road. The canal runs parallel with... more »
  • Deputies Pull SUV From Canal North of Weslaco Play Video

    October 31, 2013 5:18 PM

    NORTH OF WESLACO - Hidalgo County homicide detectives were sent to a canal north of Weslaco where deputies found an SUV submerged in the water. The red Dodge SUV went into the water at Mile 4 West Road. The canal runs parallel with Sugar Road. Firefighters at the... more »
  • Investigators Try to Identify Body Found North of Mercedes Play Video

    October 10, 2013 4:19 PM

    NORTH OF MERCEDES - Hidalgo County sheriff investigators are working to positively identify a man found dead near a canal north of Mercedes. Investigators are using the man's fingerprints to determine his identity. A jogger found the body just feet from a canal off Mile 1 West Road... more »
  • Investigation Continues after Farmer Finds Body in Canal Play Video

    October 8, 2013 10:33 PM

    NORTH OF ALAMO - Hidalgo County sheriff's deputies are investigating a possible homicide after the discovery of a body in a canal Tuesday north of Alamo. A farmer reported the body to authorities at about 3 p.m., officials said. The canal is near Earling and Minnesota roads, east of... more »
  • Driver Arrested After Crashing into Canal Play Video

    August 9, 2013 12:26 PM

    HARLINGEN - Police arrested a driver after he crashed his vehicle into a canal and fled the scene. His passenger was seriously injured. Ivory Joe Rice, 53, was charged with driving while intoxicated. He also faces charges for abandoning his injured passenger at the scene of the accident. The passenger... more »
  • Son Speaks About Stepfather's Heroic Final Act Play Video

    July 29, 2013 9:37 PM

    SANTA ROSA - A Santa Rosa man says he owes his life to his stepfather. Daniel Berrones and his stepfather Fernando Vasquez were fishing at a canal yesterday near Santa Rosa, when Berrones, who does not know how to swim, fell in. He says Vasquez jumped in to save... more »
  • Officials Warn About Dangers of Swimming in Canals Play Video

    July 29, 2013 7:24 PM

    WESLACO - Recent drownings at irrigation canals highlight the dangers hidden under the seemingly calm waters, officials said. The most recent incident happened Sunday in a floodway canal near Santa Rosa. A Weslaco dive team was called to recover the body of Fernando Vasquez, 47. Officials said Vasquez drowned... more »
  • Horse Become Stuck in a Pipe Play Video

    July 6, 2013 10:46 PM

    PROGRESO - Firefighters in Progreso were trying to save the life of a horse, that somehow got stuck in a canal tunnel. It happened about 7:00pm Saturday, at a canal near Gonzalez Road. Officer Javier Vela said it doesn't appear that the horse suffered any injuries when it became... more »
  • Authorities Search Canal off Military Highway

    June 21, 2013 8:31 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - A tip led authorities to a canal off Military Highway, between Mercedes and Weslaco. Cameron County deputies were working the site has Hidalgo County deputies and other law enforcement agencies assisted in the search. Authorities say the search is connected to a double murder in... more »
  • Man Weeps In Court after being Charged in Son's Death Play Video

    June 4, 2013 5:20 PM

    EDINBURG - A man accused in the death of his 2-month-old son wept in court as a judge charged in the case. Enrique Medina, 21, his wife, her brother and the baby were in a vehicle that flipped near a canal just north of Edinburg early Sunday. Medina's brother-in-law... more »
  • Water Receding at Canal Where Boy Drowned

    March 28, 2013 8:07 PM

    McALLEN - Hidalgo County Irrigation District 1 officials described the systematic procedure needed to stop the flow of water at a canal where a boy drowned Wednesday. The water shutoff will not affect municipalities, but may have an impact on farmers, they said. "This canal comes all the... more »
  • Crews Continue Searching Canal for Boy

    March 28, 2013 4:33 PM

    McALLEN - Officials this afternoon released the identity of a 7-year-old presumed drowned in an irrigation canal in north McAllen. Officials said the child, John Perry, fell into the Edinburg Main Canal near Trenton Road before 7 p.m. Wednesday. Fire officials said John was playing with another boy when... more »
  • Recovery Efforts Continue for 7-Year-Old Who Fell in Canal

    March 28, 2013 10:17 AM

    MCALLEN - Crews continue their recovery efforts at a McAllen canal. McAllen Fire Chief Rafael Balderas said a 7-year-old boy fell in the canal near Trenton Road while playing with another boy. It happened last night. Captain Mike Hernandez of the McAllen Fire Department said crews have continued to... more »
  • Canal Still a Problem for Southmost Neighborhood

    March 19, 2013 9:58 PM

    BROWNSVILLE - Questions remain about who is responsible for a drainage canal in the Southmost area of Brownsville. Residents say smugglers use the canal to sneak past authorities. The canal has been abandoned for years. Area residents want authorities to step in and fix the problem. The canal... more »
  • Driver Recovering after Spending 12 Hours in Submerged Car

    February 18, 2013 4:25 PM

    HIDALGO COUNTY - An Edinburg resident is recovering at a local hospital after spending 12 hours in a partially submerged car. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said the man crashed his car into a canal west of Rooth and Mile 17 ½ roads late Friday. Rescue workers... more »
  • Body found in canal

    January 27, 2013 10:36 AM

    MISSION - Authorities are waiting on autopsy results after finding a body in a canal. The body was pulled out of the water last night near the intersection of 495 and Los Ebanos in mission. This is the same area where a 17-year-old disappeared last month. Aaron Juan Garcia was... more »
  • Search Continues for Gun Used in Robbery

    January 24, 2013 1:55 PM

    HARLINGEN - A 22-year-old man accused of robbing an El Pato restaurant in Harlingen went before a judge this morning. Juan Angel Valadez was charged with aggravated robbery. The crime happened Wednesday morning. The suspect allegedly told police he tossed the weapon used into a canal off Business... more »
  • Horse Rescued from Canal

    January 5, 2013 10:47 PM

    WESLACO - A horse is rescued from a canal during cold weather. Weslaco fire department rescued the horse from the cold water. Firefighters used ropes and palettes to help the horse get her footing. After several attempts the horse was able to escape the water. The... more »
  • Teen dies from injuries following rollover accident

    October 7, 2012 10:42 AM

    DONNA - A teen injured in a rollover accident has died from his injuries. The accident happened on Tuesday near the intersection of Victoria and Lott Roads. According to DPS Spokesman Johnny Hernandez, two 15-year-olds were in the car when the driver lost control and landed upside down in... more »
  • Edinburg chase ends in canal

    September 30, 2012 9:03 PM

    EDINBURG - A chase in Edinburg ended with the suspect in a canal. According to DPS Trooper Johnny Hernandez, the chase came to a stop at the 1000 block of Dolittle. Hernandez said that's when the suspect got out of a minivan and jumped into a canal. Troopers... more »
  • Carjacking Victim's Vehicle Recovered

    September 6, 2012 1:05 PM

    EDINBURG - Edinburg police recovered a vehicle taken at gunpoint yesterday afternoon. But there's no sign of the four carjacking suspects. Investigators are checking the stolen red Cherokee for evidence. Officers recovered it from a canal near Elsa. The carjacking happened in Edinburg on the 1800 block of... more »
  • Car Plunges into Canal in Harlingen

    September 5, 2012 4:27 PM

    HARLINGEN - Investigators are trying to determine what caused an accident that left a car submerged in a canal on Wednesday. Investigators said the driver was the only person in the car. He was not injured in the incident. Police said the accident happened near F Street. more »
  • Edcouch Plans Project to Prevent Flooding

    August 15, 2012 7:20 PM

    EDCOUCH - The city of Edcouch launched a project aimed at preventing flooding in low-lying areas. The city plans to widen a drainage canal to help water flow quickly out of the city. The project is expected to help prevent flooding in flood-prone areas. The project is expected... more »
  • Family to Finally Have Closure

    August 12, 2012 11:00 PM

    MCALLEN - The body of Andres Frias was recovered from a canal near McAllen. He had vanished on August 2 after fishing with friends and deciding to go for a swim to cool off. His family had been at the canal every day since he went missing. The family... more »
  • Dive Team Joins Efforts to Find 18-Year-Old

    August 7, 2012 12:55 PM

    MCALLEN - A dive team with the Texas Department of Public Safety joined the search for a missing 18-year-old. But it's still unclear when or if they'll get into the water. Andres Frias was last seen Thursday, when he was swimming in the canal south of McAllen. The... more »
  • Firefighters Use Underwater Camera in Search for Man

    August 6, 2012 4:19 PM

    SOUTH OF McALLEN - Firefighters have deployed an underwater camera at a canal where an 18-year-old went missing while swimming Thursday. The extremely murky water is making it difficult for firefighters to identify anything in the canal. Investigators think Andres Farias drowned while swimming. Strong currents and low... more »
  • Family Holding on to Faith, Loved One Still Missing

    August 4, 2012 8:07 PM

    SOUTH OF MCALLEN - A Valley family is leaning on faith and holding on to hope that they will find their loved one. Eighteen-year-old Andres Frias was last seen Thursday night swimming in a canal south of McAllen. CHANNEL 5 NEWS went back to the scene Saturday afternoon. Along... more »
  • Recovery Mission Under Way South of McAllen

    August 3, 2012 1:25 PM

    HIDALGO - Crews continue the search for an 18-year-old who went missing while swimming with friends yesterday. Relatives of Andres Frias told CHANNEL 5 NEWS said they're still holding on to hope that they'll be reunited with the 18-year-old. Fire crews at the scene are hoping to bring some... more »
  • Search Resumes for Teen Missing in Canal

    August 2, 2012 10:22 PM

    HIDALGO - Today rescue teams plan to return to a canal to search for a teenager who went missing while swimming. Officials said the darkness and strong water currents make it too dangerous for divers to go in the canal off Dicker Road, not far from the State Farm... more »
  • Puppies Shot, Thrown in Canal

    April 19, 2012 5:10 PM

    BAYVIEW - Authorities say three puppies were shot and then thrown into a canal. They're trying to find the person responsible. Sandra Posler and three of her friends found the puppies' remains near Centerline Road in Bayview. She says a family had approached her earlier, looking to find a... more »
  • Mission Authorities Kept Busy Because of Storm

    March 29, 2012 11:44 PM

    MISSION - Authorities in the Upper Valley have been kept busy by Thursday's storm. Firefighters are trying to help a woman that drove into a canal near the Anzalduas port of entry. Firefighters were on Military along Conway and Shary Road because of multiple reports of stalled vehicles. Army... more »
  • McAllen Firefighters Rescue Cow From Canal

    March 28, 2012 10:33 PM

    MCALLEN - McAllen firefighters make a dramatic rescue this evening, but this was a rescue of the four-legged kind. Firefighters had to find a way to pull a 300-pound calf out of a canal. McAllen firefighters say this wasn't the first time they've had to save a cow from... more »
  • Crews Still Making Repairs After Canal Break

    March 28, 2012 4:34 PM

    WESLACO - Traffic is still blocked off on Sugar Cane Road in Weslaco after a canal bank gave way last night and flooded the area. Crews have been using heavy equipment today to repair the spot where the canal bank fell open. They packed down load after load of... more »
  • Rocky the Beaver Not Seen in Edcouch in Months

    March 12, 2012 4:48 PM

    EDCOUCH - It looks like Rocky has moved out of Edcouch. The pesky beaver is no longer damming up the canals. City Manager David Alaniz says he hasn't seen Rocky in months. The beaver turned into somewhat of a local celebrity last fall. He evaded numerous traps and... more »
  • 2 People Arrested After Chase That Landed Patrol Car in Donna Canal

    January 24, 2012 12:55 PM

    DONNA - The state trooper involved in a rollover accident that landed a patrol car in a Donna canal was trying to back up San Juan police when the accident happened. Troopers were back on scene Tuesday just off east frontage road in Donna after the overnight chase. They're... more »
  • DNA Results Identify Remains Found Last Year in Mercedes Canal

    January 13, 2012 5:34 PM

    MERCEDES - DNA results are shedding new light on human remains found in a Mercedes canal last year. Police finally got the lab results they needed. They've identified a human skull and bones discovered in a canal last September as the remains of 53-year-old Francisco Rivera. The Mercedes man... more »
  • Authorities Find Body of Man Who Went Missing in Canal

    January 10, 2012 12:41 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Authorities discovered the body of a missing Willacy County man in a canal Tuesday morning. Investigators have been looking for 20-year-old Liborio Martinez since Thursday. Willacy County sheriff Larry Spence says they recovered his body at about 7 Tuesday morning. Martinez went missing in a... more »
  • Willacy County Sheriff Says Search for Man Missing in Canal Will Continue

    January 9, 2012 5:34 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence says crews resumed their search for Liborio Martinez Monday morning and that crews will continue their search until he no longer thinks they can find the body. The 20-year-old Raymondville man is believed to have drowned in a canal near FM... more »
  • State Troopers Investigating Car Found at Bottom of Weslaco Canal

    January 9, 2012 5:33 PM

    WESLACO - State troopers are trying to figure out how a car ended up in the bottom of Weslaco canal. Investigators spotted a Chevy Lumina in the canal early Saturday morning. A dive team did not find anyone inside the submerged car, but they did recover a bundle of... more »
  • Raymondville Man Missing

    January 8, 2012 11:25 PM

    RAYMONDVILLE - Family members and friends are still holding out hope a missing 20-year-old man will turn up. Liborio Martinez Jr. is believed to have drowned in a Willacy County canal. His friends and family say not enough is being done to search for him. Martinez was on a... more »
  • Crews Investigating Cause of Grass Fire

    January 8, 2012 6:51 PM

    HARLINGEN - Fire crews are looking into what caused a grass fire in a canal.The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. Sunday in a canal off Wilson Road. Crews from La Feria were called in to help knock it down. No buildings were threatened and no one was injured. more »
  • Crews to Call Off Search for Man Missing in Canal

    January 6, 2012 5:37 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Recovery crews in Willacy County will soon be calling off the search for a man believed to have drowned in a canal. Sheriff Larry Spence says the difficult decision was reached after a day and a half of searching for 20-year-old Liborio Martinez. The Raymondville... more »
  • Weslaco Emergency Crews Join Search for Man Missing in Canal

    January 6, 2012 1:03 PM

    WILLACY COUNTY - Emergency crews from Weslaco are now joining in on the search for a man missing in a Willacy County canal. The 20-year-old was fishing with another person Thursday night near the intersection of County Road 2100 and FM 1420 in a rural area east of Lyford.... more »

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