Eagle Pass drying out from 15 inches of rain

Mayor: Disaster declaration needed

EAGLE PASS, Texas - The sun finally broke through in Eagle Pass on Saturday after 15 inches of rain in less than 24 hours.

The torrential storms came in two waves. The first downpour Friday was followed by non-stop rain overnight.

Mayor Ramsey English Cantu said compared to prior floods, "That truly was something that had not been seen in such a short amount of time."

The mayor said the city, along with Maverick County, plan to ask for a disaster declaration to help in the recovery. He said the assessment of how many homes and businesses were damaged is on-going.

Cantu said despite the mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas along several creeks and canals, at least 90 people had to be rescued and nearly 300 were housed in two shelters.

However, the mayor said at last word, no lives were lost thanks in large part to the search and rescue efforts by local, state and federal agencies, as well residents themselves.

Among them were good Samaritans like 17-year-old Pedro Pesina, who helped rescue 23 of his neighbors over six hours, using his kayak.

Pesina said he recently enlisted in the U.S. Marines.

"I wanted a preview, just get in there, help people out," said Pesina.

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