Rio Grande Communities Brace for Floodwaters

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Texans along stretches of the Rio Grande could face more flooding after heavy rain that's closed some international bridges and led to evacuations.

Residents of some neighborhoods in Roma and La Grulla (luh GROOL'-yuh) were evacuated in anticipation of floodwaters.

The last hand-drawn ferry on the U.S.-Mexico border -- at Los Ebanos (lohs EB'-uh-nohs) -- was hauled out of the Rio Grande's swift and rising waters for the second time this week.

The National Weather Service says a tropical depression that came ashore just north of the mouth of the Rio Grande is expected to add up to 8 inches of rain to rivers and reservoirs in south Texas and northern Mexico. The rivers already were swollen from last week's Hurricane Alex.

In Rio Grande City, the river rose above the 50-foot flood stage and was expected to reach 53 feet, or major flood stage, by Sunday.

Upstream, police in Laredo evacuated several neighborhoods close to the Rio Grande and a 16-story hotel. Authorities closed two bridges and severely limited traffic on a third.

For updated rainfall totals from this storm, click here

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