EDINBURG – Officials broke ground on the Raymondville Drain Project, a 63 mile, 350-foot wide flood control project that will stretch from Lake Edinburg to the Laguna Madre.
The $400 million project will provide an outlet for floodwaters from northern Hidalgo County and Willacy County into the bay.
The county has secured $17.1 million for the project so far.
The Raymondville Drain will be constructed in phases; the first phase will directly benefit the Faysville area north of Edinburg, a community often affected by flooding.
The flood reduction provided by the project will protect residents and infrastructure and spur growth in low-lying areas, according to U.S. Rep. Gonzalez.
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