Del Rio residents look to rising water on creek, recall past killer floods

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by Brix Fowler / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 7:14 PM

San Felipe Creek in Del Rio normally is a place where kids can play in the water. But not on Friday.

Del Rio had received close to two inches of rain Friday, with more still coming in the evening.

Rain raised the water level on San Felipe Creek by a foot. And that had people who live near it worried.

"We are (worried), because we just never know what nature has in store for us," one resident said.

Del Rio residents remember the flood of 1998 that killed almost 20 people, and more recently, the one back in 2009.

"The flood level came up all the way to the walkway bridge over there," one resident pointed out.

Fabio Angell likes the emergency plan the city had in place in case it floods. This includes barricading areas where there are low-water crossings and constantly monitoring water levels.

But he says an extra step is needed.

"My main concern is that overall through the years we haven't really done enough maintenance on our waterway and our infrastructure on the waterway," he said. "If you maintain those structures, when emergencies like this come, it's not going to be as bad."

The city of Del Rio set up a shelter at the Northside Fire Station for any residents needing to get away from floodwaters.
 

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