The Rio Grande river continued to overflow its banks, pouring more water on already-flooded Harlingen, Texas.
The Rio Grande river continued to overflow its banks, pouring more water on already-flooded Harlingen, Texas. Late Wednesday (September 26) the Texas National Guard evacuated 150 patients from the tuberculosis hospital in Harlingen by truck and helicopter. Some of the patients were on stretchers; others were in wheel-chairs.
(Harlingen, Texas is located on a branch of the Rio Grande river known as the Arroya-Colorado). Nearly ten-thousand Harlingen residents have been forced to leave their homes. One unofficial estimate places the homeless in the Rio Grande valley at one million. Fifty four people have now died as the result of Hurricane Beulah, 11 of the deaths in Texas.
U.S. officials estimate that 40-thousand square miles of south Texas will be flooded by the end of this week. Mexican officials are warning that Matamoros, Mexico, at the mouth of the Rio Grande, could be heavily flooded at the end of this week. But the International Boundary and Water Commission, which administers the river area, says protective levees at Matamoros and Brownsville, Texas should prevent serious flooding.