Zapata - flooding in Laredo
Tropical Depression Two
formed overnight in the northern Bay of Campeche and is now making landfall
along the extreme south coast of Texas. A hurricane hunter was sent into the
system and found a low-level circulation. While there are some reports of
tropical storm strength winds in the squalls of the system, there is just not
enough evidence to upgrade the storm to tropical storm strength before landfall.
The satellite representation of the depression is quite impressive as half of
the depression is now over landfall. Brownsville radar currently is showing the
effects of the depression with heavy rain and thunderstorms through much of
The biggest lingering effect from the depression will be to prolong the
devastating flooding that has been ongoing in southern Texas and northeast
Mexico. Not including the rain that will fall due to the depression, over the
past 7 days, the area near Houston has received over 10 inches of rain, while
some inland areas of Texas has received over 4 inches of rain. The problem gets
worse in the Mexican state of Coahuila near the Texas border has received
upwards of 20 inches of rain in the past 7 days due to substantial moisture
pouring into the area.
The commission said Falcon Dam downstream
would probably reach capacity within the next few days, hinting at future
releases there. Authorities walked a painful, delicate line, forced to release
reservoir waters they know will add to flooding in hopes of avoiding worse
ZAPATA COUNTY - The International Boundary and
Water Commission has opened the flood gates at Falcon Dam. That means more water
heading into the Valley.
Officials say record amounts of water from Hurricane Alex are being released.
The manager at the Falcon Dam says people should see major changes along the Rio
Grande in the next few days.