Kingsville assesses damage from Wednesday's big storm

Posted at 1:58 PM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-21 10:54:17-04

KINGSVILLE, Texas — Kingsville was one of the Coastal Bend cities that was hit hardest by yesterday's storms.

The community still is feeling the effects from that deluge as damages are being assessed.

Water from yesterday's rains is starting to collect by the Santa Gertrudis Creek.

The water is now below the road and Kingsville Police Department soon will take off the barricades that are blocking the roads.

Kingsville resident Yolanda Martinez says she was worried water would enter her home.

"I was really afraid that it would come up into the inside," Martinez said. "I just kept watching through the inside. I just kept watching through the window. I did not know what else to do."

The water started to recede quickly.

"By yesterday at 8 everything was gone," Martinez said.

City manager Mark McLaughlin says the city is assessing damages. Janine Reyes of the City of Kingsville sent out a press release that stated it has already receded.

But the ground is saturated and there is still a possibility of rain in the forecast.

Reyes also said that residents in Ricardo and Riviera should be mindful of rising creeks.

A mitigation project to help with the sewer is in the works, which should also help control flooding in the area.