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Weslaco Neighborhood Create Road Blockade During Storms

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WESLACO – A man said he and his neighbors create their own road blocks to protect their home from flooding when it rains.

Juan Espinoza said his family’s house brings his family a sense of pride. It's the only home he's ever known. The 24-year-old explained one day he will inherit it.

Two years ago, a rain storm hit Weslaco that almost destroyed the home.

"It's a lot of work to fix everything all over again inside, the floors, walls, wiring," Espinoza told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.

He said flooding is nothing new to his neighborhood. He told us insensitive drivers create a bigger problem.

"Like people with big trucks. They'll pass by fast. Little do they know, it spreads the water out and since we have a ramp the water goes inside," Espinoza explained.

Espinoza said the ramp is a necessity. His father's movement is limited due to a spinal code related disability. When water gets in the home it creates a dangerous situation.

"There is a big possibility he could slip. He's in crutches, with crutches he could slip again," Espinoza said.

He said his neighbors also have to fight to keep flood water out of their home.

Espinoza told CHANNEL 5 NEWS about a year ago he and his neighbors decided to standup and protect what's theirs. These days when rain falls the entire neighborhood springs into action.

"All the neighbors, since we all went through the situation already. My uncle parks his vehicle down the road. I park my SUV in the middle of the road. The neighbors across the street block the other road," Espinoza explained.

Espinoza said the road blocks are the only way they have of protecting their homes from costly water damage.

He told CHANNEL 5 NEWS he and his neighbors will do this as long as they have to in order to protect what is theirs.

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