Border Flood

Swollen Rio Grande receding from Texas border town

Flooding in Emporia, KS, Sept. 2008

Residents of the west Texas border town of Presidio are breathing easier as the swollen Rio Grande recedes for the second day in a row.

Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton says the water dropped slightly Sunday. But officials have warned that a saturated levee holding back the river could fail at any time.

Presidio has been under threat of a massive flood for nearly two weeks as heavy rains have filled the normally shallow Rio Grande.

Crews are building a makeshift dam to protect against a flood from a levee break.

Ponton estimates the river will remain about 25 feet deep for at least a week. Flood stage is 9 feet

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