HARLINGEN, Texas – Harlingen business owner Nydia Tapia-Gonzales has spent most of her professional career promoting the City of Harlingen in different capacities.

A blogger about art, culture and life in the Rio Grande Valley who is also passionate about Mid-20th Century Modernism, Tapia-Gonzales has also contributed reports for the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service.

More recently, Tapia-Gonzales has become concerned about the issue of flooding and drainage in a historically significant part of Harlingen.

In a Zoom conversation, Tapia-Gonzales spoke with Harlingen resident and engineer J.V. Garcia about an update to the City of Harlingen Drainage Ordinance.

“As a civil engineer, I will never say stop building. I am pro-development. But let’s build in a smart way that isn’t going to flood our neighbors and isn’t going to be detrimental to our citizens,” Garcia said.

In the Zoom conversation, the co-owner of Casa Engineering says it is time for the City of Harlingen to update its drainage ordinances.

Garcia gave details about a Trails of Floods event this Saturday at Victor Park, Harlingen.

For more information about the Trails of Floods event email: [email protected].

Here is the Zoom conversation between Tapia-Gonzalez and Garcia:



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