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Flood Victims Still Recovering as Remnants of Harvey Approach

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Tuesday, August 22 2017 Aug 22, 2017 August 22, 2017 9:15 PM August 22, 2017 in News

WESLACO – In October 2015, Weslaco was an area hit hard by heavy rainfall.

People living in the Las Palmas Colonia in the southwest part of town are still dealing with the flood damage nearly two years later.

With the potential of the remnants from Harvey impacting the Rio Grande Valley, CHANNEL 5 NEWS spoke with Francisco Segura who worries his colonia might not be ready for what may be in store.

He said the flooding from two years ago is still fresh on his mind, "It was a painful experience. The drainage did not handle the flow of water. It over flowed," said Segura.

Two years ago, Segura's home and several nearby were engulfed in flood waters after a period of heavy rain.

"The water almost completely destroyed the house. It was about two feet. We lost all of our furniture, everything that was inside even our clothes. The only thing saved was the clothes on our backs," said Segura while he recalled the events.

After the flooding cleared, FEMA did provide assistance. Though in some cases, it wasn't enough.

Many in the neighborhood like Segura, were forced to pay out of pocket.

"Approximatly $8,000," said Segura.

Tuesday he showed us damage left from the flooding. It can still be found throughout his home.

"The structure of the house wasn't able to handle it. We don't have any air conditioning. We still have to install new doors. Some of the doors are about to fall down," said Segura.

Cracks and holes can also be found on his walls.

He isn't alone. Segura said many of his neighbors are in the same boat, concerned the past could repeat itself.

"Everybody is worried because they also haven't fully recovered," said Segura.

For now, Segura and his neighbors will do the best they can with what they have to prepare.

Last year, Hidalgo County updated the drainage near Segura's home.

He hopes if a storm does come, the new system will prevent any flooding.

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