Laredo Sector Border Patrol Loses Equipment to Flooding

2 years 10 months 1 week ago Thursday, September 28 2017 Sep 28, 2017 September 28, 2017 4:28 PM September 28, 2017 in News

SAN YGNACIO – Flooding northwest of the Rio Grande Valley is causing problems for residents and Border Patrol.

The agency said they lost equipment they had in San Ygnacio, a community between Laredo and Zapata, to the flooding.  

Near a San Ygnacio boat ramp stands a flooded light post connected to a generator operated by Border Patrol.  

Border Patrol officials said agents did not get a chance to get out to it.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS also confirmed a photo of an immersed Border Patrol unit at another boat ramp in San Ygnacio is true.

Border Patrol said the agent assigned to the unit was out assisting other agents on 911 calls and wasn’t able to make it back in time.

People in the area said the water came in very quickly.

“Over the weekend, it was just barely the middle of the river. It started raining, it just started coming up,” said San Ygnacio resident Manuel Uribe.

Border Patrol said they’re now working on a way to salvage all the equipment they lost, adding the Laredo sector is currently very busy in other areas assisting in emergencies. 

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