Tropical depression soaks Mexico-Texas border

MONTERREY, Mexico (BestGrowthStock) – A tropical depression churned over Mexico’s border with Texas on Thursday, dumping heavy rains on a region badly flooded by Hurricane Alex last week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

The depression made landfall mid-morning near the Rio Grande river southeast of McAllen, Texas, but the NHC lifted a storm warning in place for the border region and forecast the system would blow itself out in the next 24 hours.

Hurricane Alex battered northern Mexico last week as a Category 2 storm, dumping heavy rains and flooding the major business city of Monterrey, ripping apart highways, sweeping away soccer and baseball fields, killing 12 people and causing $700 million of damage.

Alex also shuttered some oil and natural gas production in the Gulf and disrupted BP’s efforts to contain its massive oil spill off the Louisiana coast.

Thousands of people displaced by floodwaters remained in emergency shelters as the tropical depression lashed the border region with up to 10 inches of rain in some places and buffeted the area with strong winds.

“The last thing we need is more rain, there is so much destruction,” a woman told Mexican TV network Azteca after giving birth to a baby boy in a shelter in Monterrey.

Dams along the Rio Grande river marking the border with Texas were already overflowing and two bridges linking Laredo, Texas, with Nuevo Laredo, in northern Tamaulipas state, were closed by floodwaters.

The crossing is one of the principal routes for U.S.-Mexico trade. Authorities kept a truck bridge in Laredo open on Thursday, although traffic was controlled, allowing just a few trucks at a time.

(Reporting by Robin Emmott in Monterrey and Tim Gaynor in Mexico City; Editing by Eric Beech)

Tropical depression soaks Mexico-Texas border