Update: Weslaco streets, Las Brisas subdivision flooding; shelter open in Monte Alto

A Lasara road floods at about 7:30 p.m. Monday night. Rresident Rosie Rodriguez said the storm continued to dump heavy rains in the area well into the late evening. Rodriguez said this photo was taken inside her Ford F-150 pickup truck. (Courtesy photo)

Updated at 1:16 a.m.

Weslaco police have warned motorists via social media to avoid major thoroughfares from the expressway, south to Business 83, including Westgate, Bridge, Border, FM 1015 and Business 83 itself. 

Residents of Las Brisas, the oft-flood-ravaged Weslaco subdivision, are also reporting that the area is beginning to flood again as a result of tonight’s storms, according to the Mid-Valley Town Crier.

The Monitor and Crier had recently reported one couple, the Reynas, struggling to rebuild their home after the June 2018 flood left the subdivision inundated for some time, saying in a recent interview that they had been so fearful of another flood that they cant sleep at night when it rains.

Monte Alto ISD announced earlier tonight that the high school gym, located at 9000 E. Valdez Ave., opened an emergency shelter.

The city of Elsa has also reported widespread road flooding, including on main thoroughfares.

According to a post on the City of McAllen Facebook page, there are complete power outages on Pecan from 10th to 16th and on 10th from Pecan to Tamarack. The post also warns about flashing signals on different intersections.

Please be advised of the following flashing signals: 10th & Houston Main & HoustonMain & Jackson 6th & Dove10th &…

Posted by City of McAllen TX Government on Monday, June 24, 2019

Sheriff Eddie Guerra stated in a tweet that several mobile homes in Monte Alto have reportedly flipped over and are destroyed. Guerra said deputies are on location assisting along with Elsa and Monte Alto fire departments and emergency management services.

The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory and a flash flood warning for most of Hidalgo County. The flash flood warning is in effect until midnight.

There’s also a severe thunderstorm warning in southeast Hidalgo County and the northwestern parts of Willacy and Cameron counties. NWS warned about hail falling in Weslaco, Donna, Mercedes, and surrounding areas.

NWS expects rainfall to continue until Tuesday morning. NWS estimates 1-1.5 inches of rain could fall over most of Hidalgo and Willacy counties.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) issued a statement on Twitter to beware of hydroplaning. DPS advises vehicles to slow down during wet weather to avoid losing control.

A local resident submitted this photo of flooding Monday night at a Valero gas station in the vicinity of 23rd Street north of Pecan in McAllen. (Courtesy photo)