Rio Bravo Residents Claim Dirt Piles Are For Them
After photos and emails came into our newsroom complaining that residents of Rio Bravo were taking dirt from piles that were left there from FEMA, we decided to check out the situation.
People in fact were lined up shoveling dirt into their trucks for personal use.
"That was the mayor that decided the residents go ahead and use it for personal use or whatever instead of going to waste."
The mayor was not available for an interview but allowed her receptionist to speak on her behalf. Perez says the gravel was put there after a road re-construction. Our video shows residents loading up the gravel into their trucks. They don't know where it came from, only who gave them permission to take it.
" The mayor gave us permission." "I have no idea...this was done by the mayor's office but I have no idea."
Contrary to what Mayor Nora Rivera has allowed, some concerned citizens say these piles of dirt were placed here by FEMA after the flood that ruined so many homes and they don't think it's right that people are helping themselves to it.
"No FEMA has nothing to do with this. It wouldn't be put there for the water because if it took over houses, it would definitely take over gravel."
After asking Perez more questions about the piles of dirt, she simply said the mayor wants residents to do with it as they please.
"The gravel is there for residents. It's for their benefit and that's all I have to say about this."