REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – More than 45 Reynosa colonias have been affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Hanna, according to Tamaulipas state officials.

However, the water levels are now dropping, says Pedro Granados Ramírez, state coordinator of civil protection.

Of the 45 or so colonias affected, 22 of them registered critical floods, of which 15 continue to be flooded to this day.

At these sites, staff from the State Water Commission, the Ministry of Urban Development and the Environment, as well as the National Water Commission, among others, have been working since yesterday to vent them, Granados said. Crews have been using eight backhoes, six pipes, five trucks, ten drain pumps and ten small pumps to drain houses.

According to the State Protection Coordination, the evacuation of families in affected sectors has been successfully concluded and estimates that there are nearly 50,000 people affected by the floods in the more than 40 aforementioned neighborhoods.

On the northern border of Tamaulipas, particularly in Reynosa, heavy rains have stopped and isolated drizzles are only registered in some sectors.

Parallel to the relief efforts, the DIF Tamaulipas System, the Tamaulipas Health Secretariat, the Social Welfare Secretariat, among others, are carrying out support tasks such as equipping and preparing shelters to provide shelter to evacuated families, in addition to  delivery of food rations and cleaning packages.

Municipalities such as Camargo, Mier, Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, San Fernando Valle Hermoso, Matamoros, Río Bravo and Nuevo Laredo also suffered damages such as floods and power cuts.

Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca toured some of the affected colonias on Tuesday.

He also chaired a meeting with state and military authorities responsible for implementing Plan DN-III, in which he signed the request for an Emergency and Disaster Declaration to request support from the National Fund for Natural Disasters (FONDEN) and where he evaluated the  progress of the actions carried out to provide aid to the affected families.

The request includes care for 69,000 people in the municipalities of Reynosa, where there were 15,000 homes affected, Valle Hermoso, with 2,000 homes, and Díaz Ordaz, who registered 250 homes affected.

“We hope there will be a favorable response to be able to serve all these families, not only in Reynosa, but also in Matamoros, Valle Hermoso,” García Cabeza de Vaca declared.

The governor attended and listened to affected families in the 20 de Noviembre, Unidad Obrera and Lázaro Cárdenas neighborhoods, which have been severely affected by the floods.

He said 45 colonies were affected, 23 of them to great degree and the rest with partial floods. His team delivered cleaning kits, drinking water, hot food and food packages, benefits that are being delivered daily in the most affected sectors.

“We have to wait for the levels of the Rio Grande to drop before we can evict the water from the colonias. However, we are doing all the actions supporting the people, the emergency declaration has already been made, which we hope has a solid, clear and forceful response from FONDEN, in order to serve all these families,” García Cabeza de Vaca said.

“The FONDEN was made with that spirit, precisely for situations of this nature, so that these resources arrive and support the affected people such as this colony that we are visiting.”

Authorities from the State Coordination of Civil Protection, the State Water Commission, the Ministry of Welfare and the Ministry of Urban Development and the Environment participated in the meeting prior to the tour. Officials with these agencies spoke about the progress of the actions carried out to date to bring aid to affected families, in terms of health, safety and well-being.

The Commander of the Eighth Military Zone, Brigadier General Diplomate of the General Staff, Carlos Arturo Pancardo Escudero made a count of the actions carried out by SEDENA within Plan DN-III-E.

Here is report by Rio Grande Guardian reporter Blanca Zumaya:

REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – El municipio de Reynosa alerta a la población que habita en la margen mexicana del Río Bravo, para que extreme precauciones por la avenida de agua que se registrará a las 18 horas de este lunes 27 de Julio, como parte de los remanentes del Huracán Hanna que tocó tierra el pasado 25 de Julio en las costas de Tamaulipas y Texas.

La presidente municipal, Dra. Maki Esther Ortíz Domínguez, sostuvo una reunión virtual con David Negrete Arroyos, Representante de la Comisión Internacional de Límites y Aguas (CILA) entre México y Estados Unidos en Reynosa, así como con representantes de la CONAGUA, SEDENA, Protección Civil regional y municipal, a fin de coordinar esfuerzos dentro de un plan de contingencia para evitar que el escurrimiento extraordinario de agua afecte a la comunidad.

Derivado de las lluvias, los escurrimientos naturales podrían provocar inundaciones en los patios de la Aduana de Reynosa, y el centro de esta ciudad así como en los asentamientos ubicados en los márgenes del afluente se verán afectados.

Por lo anterior personal de Obras Públicas, procede a taponear de manera temporal los 5 pluviales, para evitar que el agua del río escurra hacia la zona centro de Reynosa.

Las colonias aledañas al río, se verían afectadas por la destrucción del bordo de protección del río aguas abajo, cuya capacidad en ese tramo es de 560.0 m³/s.

La Sección mexicana de la CILA monitorea y lleva un registro de los escurrimientos en las diversas estaciones hidrométricas y de los niveles de los almacenamientos que se registran aguas arriba de las Presas El Cuchillo, Marte R. Gómez y las Blancas y la presa internacional Falcón, para la toma de decisiones sobre el control de avenidas del sistema de presas Anzaldúas – Retamal del bajo Río Bravo.

CILA Sección mexicana, realizará operaciones en el sistema para regular la avenida de 585.0 m³/s que se está presentando en río Bravo este lunes 27 de julio de 2020.

Se estará operando la presa Retamal para dejar pasar un gasto menor de 250.0 m³/s hacia aguas abajo y el gasto restante se derivará hacia el cauce de alivio mexicano.

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