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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mayor Disputes County's Warning of Possible Levee Breach



FROM: Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique / Public Information Officer
DATE: July 23, 2008
SUBJ: From Mayor Pat Ahumada

Mayor Ahumada asks residents to remain calm, disputes County Judge’s warning of possible levee breech(SIC).

City of Brownsville Mayor, Pat Ahumada, reacts after receiving several calls concerning the article published in the Brownsville Herald early Wednesday morning. The article mentions Cameron County Judge Carlos Cascos and Cameron County Emergency Management Coordinator, Johnny Cavazos warning residents to move to higher ground and away from the Rio Grande River levee, stating that they expect the river levees to be breached if Hurricane Dolly continues in it’s current path as it heads straight for the mouth of the Rio Grande River.

“On one hand you have the very knowledgeable and expert opinion from the National Weather Service (Meteorologist, Joseph Tomaselli) stating that we will have lots of rain and advising our residents to remain calm and that our area has experienced these types of storms before, urging residents not to get excited. But on the other hand you have County officials warning people of a possible river levee breach and creating panic”.

“We have a plan in place and those types of possibilities would have been discussed during our telephone conferences with the state and surrounding agencies. The experts are not telling us that our levees are in any kind of danger at this point and it doesn’t make any sense why anyone would want to create panic,” said Mayor Ahumada.

Mayor Ahumada urges all Brownsville residents that live in areas in close proximity to the river to remain calm and to continue to monitor the storm and news updates from Cable Channel 12.


Blogger Kurgan said...


I believe that I saw on the national news that the Amry Corps of Engineers had concurred with the levee notice.

Our beloved mayor should realize three things: he knows zilch about levees or their capacity, he is putting himself in a positions of untold liability and Hurricane Katrina did not hit New Orleans, the levee breached after the storm had passed and the run off went into the Mississippi.

Contradicting an evactuation notice? Are you serious?


Wednesday, July 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gotta love the SICs. We need another one after the "it's." Stay dry, friend.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ahumada just doesn't get it.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! We can't have one day without a political back and forth going on around here.

Hey, I saw on the Vallevision news Ahumada said that he ordered PUB equipment be sent to Matamoros but Customs wouldn't let it go through. Does anybody know anything about this?

Patricia A.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008  

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