The Brownsville Public Utilities Board (BPUB) is raising resaca levels after Hurricane Harvey missed the Brownsville area.
With forecasts last week predicting several inches of rain from Harvey in Brownsville, BPUB started lowering resaca levels in preparation of the rain event. The storm ended up taking a different path, and the Brownsville area saw few effects from Harvey.
With the threat of massive amounts of rain gone for the Rio Grande Valley, BPUB is now raising resaca levels back to the heights prior to the storm. This process should take about a week.
Brownsville’s resacas play an important role in the city’s drainage. Those waterways provide a place for water from rain events to go. Lowering the levels in the resacas before storms provides that much more capacity for drainage.