The consistent, heavy rain experienced across South Texas continued Friday, as over a half-foot of rain fell over the Eagle Pass area.
Dozens of homes in the Seco Mines area were damaged after water from a nearby creek overflowed its banks, spilling into nearby streets.
“I was at work when my son called and said the water was coming into the living room, about knee high,” said Diana Aguilar, who has lived on the same road for 36 years.
She has had her home flooded six times since then, but said she will not move.
“This is our home and it always will be,” said Aguilar, with tears in her eyes. “Where are we supposed to go? With what money? We’re very poor.”
Instead, she has appealed to the Maverick County government for help on numerous occasions, and said she was promised several times that the county was undertaking flood control projects in the area.
Those projects never materialized, however, and the results were apparent Friday.
The creek’s flood control measures included just two pipes that funneled water under Aguilar’s street, and they were quickly subsumed by the rising water, making them useless.
Residents say the control measures need to be improved, saying the creek is neither wide enough or deep enough to handle the water.
“But just like always, now we have to clean up,” said Aguilar, mop in hand. “I’m just getting so tired of doing this. I wish someone would step up and use my tax dollars for something other than lining their own pockets.”
Maverick County has been a hotspot for alleged public official corruption. Recently, three of its five county commissioners faced charges of corruption.