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Rain leaves parts of San Patricio county underwater

Posted at 8:01 PM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-01 23:41:34-04

Some parts of San Patricio County saw up to 10 inches of rain on the first day of hurricane season. Now residents in Sinton are hoping that’s not a sign of the season to come.

On Monday evening, Elvira Olvera’s yard looked more like a river — with water up to a foot deep in some areas.

“I even saw fish out here,” said Elvira Olvera, who’s lived in the neighborhood for 16 years. “I see snakes out here and ants crawling all over the place. It's just ridiculous.”

Olvera lives on County Road 1296 in Sinton and says after a heavy rain, her road and yard flood, making it tough for drivers to get by.

“What do we do out here?” Said Olvera. “We live in a swamp.”

Olvera says she’s contacted the local drainage district several times over the past four years to see what can be done. Its crews put flag markers and barricades up, but Olvera says that didn’t fix the drainage issue.

“It’s just ridiculous,” said Olvera. “Every time that it gets like this, without even a warning, all my stuff gets damaged.”

Her and other residents mentioned the high waters also bring in a lot of trash and become a safety hazard. When KRIS 6 News was in the area, crews even saw a portable toilet on its side.

“You can't have your kids exposed to this water,” said Olvera. “It's dangerous out here, it's dangerous for me.”

Olvera says it’ll be several days before the water drains, until then she knows it won’t be long until another large storm comes through.