NWS: Tropical storm may bring flooding to Valley

Rio Grande Valley residents can expect to see heavy rainfall in the coming days as a result of newly developed Tropical Storm Fernand in the western Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service in Brownsville said that they expect Tropical Storm Fernand will continue to move westward toward northeast Mexico.

“Most of the impacts will remain south of Texas, but we are seeing some periods of heavy rain, certainly with any bands that might rotate through the Rio Grande Valley,” said Meteorologist Chris Birchfield of the National Weather Service in Brownsville. “We could see some heavy rain and flooding, potentially.”

In addition to heavy rain, the NWS said that waterspouts and tornadoes could potentially post a threat to parts of the Valley.

“The main threat area would mainly be coastal and the marine areas,” Birchfield said. “Otherwise, the main threat is going to be heavy rain for us.”

The NWS is estimating anywhere from 2 to 4 inches of rain for most of the Valley “on the higher side in Cameron County,” and “possibly up to 6.”

“Points further northwest will likely see less rainfall,” Birchfield said. “The highest potential is going to be in the lower Valley. We could also see 2 to 4 inches in Hidalgo County, especially further south — Mcallen, Weslaco. Two to 4 inches locally higher. We’re a little more confident on up to 6 (inches) in Cameron County.”

Communities around the Rio Grande Valley have already begun distributing sandbags in the event of heavy rainfall.

Sandbag distribution

In a region ravaged two consecutive years by flooding events, local municipalities are working to make sandbags available to residents in order to stave off any potential issues from Tropical Storm Fernand.

While the bulk of the storm is forecast to hit the coast of Mexico, Fernand is still expected to bring several inches of rain to the Rio Grande Valley, according to the National Weather Service.

Here are locations in which sandbags can be acquired. If you know of more locations, please send the information to The Monitor at news@themonitor.com.

City of Alamo
Service Department
803 S. Tower Rd.
Must have voucher issued by city. Vouchers are available at city hall.
Sandbags currently available until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Encouraged to show proof of residency (driver’s license/water bill).
For more information, call (956) 787-0006.

City of Edinburg
Service Center
1201 N. Doolittle Road
Hours: 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be a limit of six sandbags per household and eight sandbags per business.
You must live within the city limits and you will need to bring proof of residency.

City of Elsa
Plastics Building
500 N. Fannin
Hours: 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Additional hours as necessary.
Must show proof of residency (driver’s license/water bill).
For more information, call (956) 262-2127.

City of Mercedes
Fire Department
105 N. Ohio Ave.
Sandbags available as long as the supplies are available Tuesday.
Encouraged to show proof of residency (driver’s license/water bill).
For more information, call (956) 565-3114.

City of Mission
Fireman’s Park
Corner of Canal and Business 83
Hours: 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday.
There will be a limit of six sandbags per household and 10 sandbags per business.
You must bring a Mission water bill for address verification.

City of Penitas
Penitas Fire Station
1320 S. Main St.
Sandbags available as long as the supplies are available Tuesday.
Limit of four bags per person.
For more information, call (956) 454-7213.

City of Pharr
Pharr Public Works
1015 E. Ferguson
Hours: 4 p.m. until 9 p.m.
There will be a limit of six sandbags per household and 12 sandbags per business.
You must bring proof of residency (water bill or driver’s license)
If you are elderly or disabled, you can call (956) 402-4350.
For additional information, call (956) 402-4350.

City of Progreso
Sandbags available as long as the supplies are available Tuesday.
ID required. Limit of 12 bags per household.
For more information, call (956) 565-0241.

City of Weslaco
Mayor Pablo Pena Park
300 N. Airport Drive
There will be a limit of six sandbags per household and 12 sandbags per business.
Must show proof of residency (driver’s license/water bill).

Hidalgo County Precinct 1
Sunrise Hill Park
Mile 11 N. and Mile 1 1/2 W.
Hours: 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. – Sept. 3
There will be a limit of six per residence.
For more information, call (956) 968-8733.

Hidalgo County Precinct 3
Mile 7 & La Homa Road (across from Family Dollar) and Hidalgo County – La Mansion
2401 N. Moorefield, Mission
No requirements to receive sandbags at either location.

Hidalgo County Precinct 4
M Rd. Storage Facility
1124 N. M Road Edinburg
(956) 383-3112
Proof of county residency with utility bill required.

Monitor staff writer Matt Wilson contributed to this report.