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Los Fresnos dodges much of the brunt of Hurricane Hanna

Laureles. Courtesy photo: Jessica Jimenez / LFN Facebook Page


LOS FRESNOS – The first storm to make landfall in the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season is now history, but its effects are still being felt days after it dumped more than 10 inches of rain on parts of the Rio Grande Valley.

Hurricane Hanna struck the area on July 25 with winds of up to 60 miles an hour and dumped rain all over the region as it moved into Mexico where it caused widespread flooding in Reynosa and as far as the industrial city of Monterrey in the Mexican state of Nuevo Leon.

Here in Los Fresnos, the storm did not cause any major flooding, but some areas along Texas Highway 100 got pounded with rainfall.

The resacas on the north and west side of the city were up to their rim with water, but there was hardly any water standing a day after Hanna lashed the region.

Hidalgo Avenue in Raymondville. Photo: Tony Vindell/LFN

Carlos Salazar, the city’s public works director, said the flooding occurred mostly in the Eighth and Ninth street areas. But unlike in years past, the waters receded quickly.

Salazar said power was out for a couple of hours in some areas of the city on Sunday, July 25.

Although Los Fresnos was spared by much of the fury of Hurricane Hanna, other areas throughout the Valley were negatively impacted by the hurricane and electricity companies were still trying to restore power days after the storm, including parts of Weslaco and Penitas.

In Primera, hundreds of residents were without power for several days and were still having issues as late as Wednesday, July 28. The same happened in Raymondville and in Port Mansfield in Willacy County.

Near Kretz Rd. Courtesy photo: Analisa Villarreal Garza / LFN Facebook Page

Debris, falling trees and downed utility poles could be seen everywhere, and some people had to resort to generators to power their homes and businesses.

Crews from several electricity companies were along I-69E, either trying to restore or replace the many broken poles snapped by the storm.

Although Hanna is now history, the hurricane season has not yet reached its middle point. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.

The month of September is usually when hurricane activity peaks and when storm after storm heads toward the United States off the coast of Africa.

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