Laguna Madre battens down the hatches: Don’s coming

Staff Writer

The rain has started to fall from Tropical Storm Don’s approach to the Texas Coast. Residents are advised by officials to remain vigilant to developments and possible complications caused by the storm.

“Stay home,” Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos said. “We anticipate, depending on where you’re going to be in the county, three to six inches of rain, and undoubtedly we’ve got areas that are prone to flooding.”

The county has equipment standing by to aid areas that are prone to flooding if it becomes necessary.

“We don’t anticipate any significant damage,” the judge said.

“We’ve closed down beach accesses five and six and Boca Chica to vehicular traffic because the storm surges are real high, so people won’t get stranded on the beach,” Javier Mendez, director of Cameron County Parks.

Mendez said they ask all trailer dwellers to pick up their loose articles around their homes to prevent loss or damage, both to their own property and that of others.

“We do strongly suggest that people heed all warnings and relocate if they choose to,” Mendez said.

“We have asked for a voluntary removal of high profile vehicles from the Island,” said Humberto Barrera, chief of Cameron County Emergency Management.

Though there is not expected to be too much downpour, sandbags are being made available to residents in various cities.

“We started distributing sandbags this morning at 9 a.m., and we’re going to continue it through the afternoon,” Cascos said.

Sandbags are being issued at the Public Works building on Hickman St. in Port Isabel for residents. Bags for sand are being distributed at the back of SPI City Hall for city residents.  Laguna Vista is not issuing sand bags as of Friday afternoon.


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