Work Crews From McAllen and Hidalgo County's Precinct 4 are Helping Areas Affected by Harvey

With multiple trucks equipped with tools to assist with recovery efforts, the city of McAllen deployed nearly 60 employees, along with several crews from Hidalgo County's Precinct 4, and the Health and Human Services Department, to areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

"These are going to be the first responders from the city to arrive, and we're very excited to be able to help the people that are truly suffering,” said McAllen’s city manager, Roy Rodriguez.

Yesterday, city officials went to the areas of Fulton, Ingleside, and Aransas Pass, to make an assessment of the situation.

Rodriguez says all of those areas have no power, water, or sewer, and multiple structures have been demolished.

"The first order of priority for us is to try and restore their sewer and water system,” said Rodriguez. “We have to restore their sewer system in order for it not to back up and flood. Immediately after that, we'll start restoring their water system and making repairs to their distribution of water. It's completely destroyed and contaminated," he added.

Before the work crews departed, McAllen Mayor, Jim Darling, and Rodriguez had a special message for all of them.

"The message is very simple. They're never going to forget this experience. They have to go in there with an open heart and an open mind, and a mind of service,” said Rodriguez. “If they do that, they're going to have an extraordinary experience because there is no greater thing than giving a helping hand to a fellow man,” he added.

Our local work crews are expected to return to McAllen in about seven days.


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