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    Ongoing Flooding in Mexico

    By Jesse Ferrell, Meteorologist/Community Director
    7/12/2010, 10:47:22 AM

    Just a quick note to say that severe flooding is continuing in Mexico. Since I blogged last week about the historic flooding in Monterrey, the focus has shifted northward to the Nuevo Laredo, Mexico and Laredo, Texas area. AccuWeather.com Photo Gallery user osd4815 has uploaded a bunch of pictures of the flooding there.


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    To quote from our news story covering the Texas and Mexico flooding:

    "Authorities closed two border bridges stretching from Laredo, Texas, to Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, as flood waters rose along the Rio Grande. Laredo, Texas, is where half of U.S.-Mexico trade crosses. Evacuations have already occurred in some downstream communities on both the U.S. and Mexico sides of the river, including in Roma and La Grulla, in anticipation of flooding. Worsening the situation is the fact that officials have been forced to flood the Rio Grande River to alleviate swollen Lake Amistad, which became overwhelmed by runoff from Hurricane Alex. On Thursday, flood water releases into the Rio Grande were increased to 39,700 cubic feet per second, according to a statement from the International Boundary and Water Commission. The previous release rate of 15,000 cubic feet per second was the first flood water release by the dam since 1992. The International Boundary and Water Commission also diverted water at the Anzalduas Diversion Dam in Hidalgo County, Texas, for the first time in 22 years, since Hurricane Gilbert's impact in 1988."

    Below is a 5-day precipitation estimate for the area by NOAA -- keep in mind that this relies primarily on radars so amounts will fade as you get into Mexico.


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