Flooding Concerns Linger as Edinburg Awaits FEMA Aid
EDINBURG – A Hidalgo County man said he’s frustrated with floodwater every time it rains.
Edinburg resident Edward Sanchez has lived on Glasscock Road for three years. He said he experienced his first major flood less than a year after he moved in.
“It was pretty intense. The water was all the way to here. It came down here. I remember cars couldn’t move. The residents over there in the far corner, to the east, I remember seeing them in boats,” he said.
FEMA gave the city of Edinburg a $1.2 million grant to improve drainage on the road near Stonecrest subdivision last year.
But the city said they are still waiting to receive the money.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to FEMA who said they could not provide details on the date the funds will be sent.
Sanchez said he wants to see something done about the drainage soon.
“I’m worried every time it rains. I’m worried about the water rising. That’s the first thing that comes to our minds when we pull in,” he said.
Edinburg Fire Chief Shawn Snider said his department is anxiously awaiting the FEMA funds. He said they will be used to help local neighborhoods like Sanchez’.
“That will provide a drainage plan to take care of that area, including the ride away, the piping and installation of all necessary drainage to take it out to an outfall point,” he said.
Snider said their goal is to eliminate flooding conditions.
Maria Angulo, an Edinburg flood insurance salesperson, said many customers do not realize flood insurance is not covered in homeowners insurance.
Angulo said the cost of flood insurance varies and is paid annually. However, she said the policy doesn’t always go into effect immediately.
“Whenever you purchase it, it’s going to go into effect 30 days after. You buy it May 1st, it’s going to go into effect June 1st and thereon,” she said.
Angulo added flood insurance is administered through FEMA. Anyone with a policy will get an immediate response from FEMA.