House Bill 4742, is on the way to the Governor’s desk for his signature. HB 4742 relates to a study by the Texas Water Development Board of issues faced by communities with artificial drainage systems. 

This bill aims to have the Texas Water Development Board assess flooding issues faced by communities with artificial drainage systems in flat lands like we have in the Rio Grande Valley. It provides our legislators with more information that can be used to target and fix the drainage issues and costs we face in the Rio Grande Valley.

State Rep. Janie Lopez

I have fought hard to represent House District 37 and the drainage issues that our communities face when presented with extreme weather and heavy rain. For several years now, our homes, schools, businesses, streets, and highways flood with as little as three inches of rain.

The flooding brings safety and health concerns for our families. Year after year, floods cost our families millions of dollars in repairs of homes and personal belongings. Our farmers and ranchers suffer from crop destruction and livestock loss.

South Texas had been left behind for far too long. Your voice is being heard, and I will continue to work hard for you always to represent you in Austin. I am happy to declare the passage of my bill as a victory for not only the district, but the Rio Grande Valley as a whole.

Thank you to all that were involved in advocating for this bill for the betterment of our communities. On behalf of my team and everyone in House District 37, thank you for letting us know flooding is a big issue you wanted us to address for the RGV. You are important.

Yours in Public Service.

Janie Lopez

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by state Rep. Janie Lopez of San Benito, Texas. Lopez can be reached by email via: [email protected].

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