MCALLEN, Texas – City leaders from McAllen, Edinburg, Mission, and Pharr have been meeting regularly over the last year to develop a regional approach to drainage.

The four cities believe all municipalities in Hidalgo County should work cooperatively on the issue. They have created the Municipal Drainage Committee.

Recently, McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos, Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza, and Mission Mayor Norie Gonzalez Garza met at the McAllen Convention Center to discuss the progress they have made. Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez had a scheduling conflict and could not be present.

Other cities in Hidalgo County were invited to the meeting. Representatives from cities of Alamo, Palmhurst, Palmview, and Mercedes were in attendance. They had the opportunity to watch a powerpoint presentation by the City of McAllen.

“In order for the drainage problems that each of our communities face to be addressed and improved, all cities in the region need to work together in cooperation with projects that benefit the community downstream from us,” said Mayor Villalobos.  

“Without a true regional approach, our efforts will not be as impactful, because we all drain to the east collectively.”

Here, below, are video interviews with the McAllen, Edinburg, and Mission mayors at the meeting.

McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos


Mission Mayor Norie Gonzalez Garza

Edinburg Mayor Ramiro Garza

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