Drainage System Helps Push Floods Out
Last night's rain left many people stranded, forcing many drivers to pull over because of the detrimental rain storms, but as fast as the rains came in the floods left with them.
Motorist felt the hit from the storm last night but today the drainage system helped move the floods out of the city.
First responders were at full effect last night.
Calls from around the city, people stranded scared to move another inch at least until the rain subsided.
Fire Department Capt. Eloy Vega said, "our fire and emergency crews responded to numerous stranded motorists in flooded road ways we saw several in Shiloh and McPherson multiple points throughout the city."
This morning drivers were pleasantly surprised to see very little damage was done in main intersections.
Some trees were blown over some phone lines needed repair and mostly debris poured out into the streets.
A Webb County pilot canvased the area suggesting little to no flooding was left behind.
Webb County Asst. Chief Pilot Osvaldo Trujillo said, " it appeared that every thing resided but the Rio Grand was a bit higher than normal but that was all that we saw this morning as far as any type of damage, we didn't see any."
Although many homes and vehicles were damaged and power outages stretched across Laredo.
Captain Vega says if not for the improvement of the drainage system things could have been worse.
"We were impressed with drainage system that handled it so well it washed away the water in a short period of time, before you had to wait an hour or two for the water to subside."
For now the drainage system shifted the floods to different creeks but Captain Vega says the ground has become saturated and another downpour like lasts nights could be disastrous.