MISSION, Texas (AP) — The first storm of the hurricane season has led to more rescues than usual from the flood-swollen Rio Grande.
Heavy storms linked to Hurricane Alex, which made landfall June 30 in northern Mexico, flooded numerous roadways in south Texas and left the border river with Mexico higher than normal.
Mission Fire Department Capt. Joel Dominguez says the dive team has responded to more than 15 calls for rescues on the Rio Grande since Alex hit. The usual pace is one or two rescues a month.
Dominguez says strong currents of the floodwaters have made rescue missions more difficult. He says most of the people who need to be rescued are trying to cross into the United States illegally
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