Archived Story - Brownsville Herald: Local News

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Archived Story

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2002 12:00 am

Rainfall helps improve Rio Grandes flow

BY JENNIFER MUIR

The Brownsville Herald

Monday and Tuesdays sporadic showers could provide temporary relief from the

aquatic weeds that impede the flow of millions of gallons of water in the Rio

Grande, according to the Brownsville Public Utilities Board representatives.

Brownsville received just under an inch of rain in the past two days, an

amount that could increase the speed of the river pushing mats of hydrilla

away from the citys reservoir pumps along with the water discharged from the

Amistad and Falcon dams.

The rivers current will help push the hydrilla down and away from our

pumps, PUB Marketing Communications Coordinator Gilberto Salinas said. The

more water there is in the river, the less likely that the water will be

impeded.

National Weather Service specialists warn, however, that Brownsvilles recent

rain saturation is only a temporary solution to the weeds, which have not only

clogged water flow, but also have entrapped immigrants and swimmers trying to

cross the river.

Showers in the Rio Grande Valley are not expected to continue past today, the

weather forecast says.

We need a big rainfall to do anything more than temporarily increase the flow

of the river, NWS senior meteorologist Kurt Van Speybroeck said. This has

been a good rain for ground moisture, but it is only putting a small dent in

long-term solutions (to river-flow problems).

The easterly or tropical wave of low pressure in the Gulf, which has been

responsible for the showers, picked up moisture in its counterclockwise

circulation as it moved closer to the Texas Coast earlier this week. This

moisture caused fickle showers throughout Monday and Tuesday, drenching the

Valley with one to two inches of rain, mostly in 15- to 20-minute spurts.

There is a 30-40 percent chance of rain in the Valley today. Chances for

showers should subside this evening as the systems precipitation diminishes,

according to VanSpeybroeck.

Even though the rain hasnt been quite as much as many Valley residents would

like, its arrival still has been welcomed in an area that is four inches below

its yearly to-date average.

The rain has really helped the Valley, river operations manager for the

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Ruben Quintella said. Farmers

have been canceling their water requests all day because its wet and the rain

is irrigating their land.

The Valleys characteristic warm weather and high humidity should return soon,

according to the National Weather Service. Brownsville is expected to

experience highs in the low 90s daily the rest of the week.

Weather officials said the Gulf weather pattern that has soaked the Valley is

not part of the same system that submerged the San Antonio area last week,

causing at least nine deaths and prompting Gov. Rick Perry to request a

disaster declaration for 29 counties.

Follow us on Facebook

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>




Online Features

Pet Central

pets

Having a pet is a lot of responsibility, and we’ll help by giving you lots of tips and tricks! More >>

Fitness

Fitness

Our fitness articles will help teach you how to work out with gym- and home-based exercises. More >>

Crosswords

Crosswords

Enjoy the crosswords challenge in our free daily puzzles, from the harder Sunday crossword to the quicker daily. More >>

Sudoku

Sudoku

Every Sudoku has a unique solution that can be reached logically. Enter numbers into the blank spaces so that each row, column and 3x3 box contains the numbers 1 to 9. More >>