Hidalgo Co. Opens Legal Dumping Site Following Flooding

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MERCEDES – Flooded homes make a lot of trash; trash that sometimes gets illegally dumped into drainage ditches, but the Hidalgo County is working to make a change.

Four days after the storms, Edcouch neighbors are still mucking through their flooded homes and neighborhood.

Senovia Lomas is throwing away piles of contaminated things from her home

Now, she suspects her drains are clogged.

"Somehow they did something with the canals that they're not draining. I don't know what it is but we've never had this problem," says Lomas.

In a press conference Thursday, Precinct 1 Commissioner David Fuentes said precinct crews and the drainage district cleaned out systems before the storm hit.

Hidalgo County Drainage District 1 General Manager Raul Sesin tells us the 2018 June floods didn't stop people from illegally dumping.   

Out of five work crews at least one is solely devoted to cleaning up illegally dumped trash every day.

Starting Monday, Precinct 1 will open the following four sites for residents to legally dump garbage:

Donna Citizen Collection Station
Mile 4 1/2 North East of FM 493
Donna, Texas

Mercedes Citizen Collection Station
Mile 1 East and 6 North
Mercedes, Texas 

Monte Alto Citizen Collection Station
Mile 5 1/2 West Road & Mile 21 North 
Monte Alto, Texas

Sunset Park Citizen Collection Station
13266 Mile 1 1/2 West 
Mercedes, Texas 78570



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