West Texas Border Levee Plan

Texas – Rio Grande levees in Presidio are being raised by as much as 3 feet and repaired in areas eroded by a 2008 flood that swamped part of the border city's Mexican neighbor.

The International Boundary and Water Commission, which maintains the border levees in Texas, announced Wednesday that it has approved a plan to raise the border levees from zero to 3 feet and make other repairs along the U.S. side of the river.

IBWC spokeswoman Sally Spener says the agency will pay for the repairs with federal money given to the agency in the wake of the 2008 flood that breached parts of the levee in the Mexican city of Ojinaga (oh-hee-NAH'-gah). She says Congress gave the commission $37.5 million for levee repairs and about $30 million remains.

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