DEL RIO, TEXAS—During the weekend of June 15, Border Patrol agents throughout Del Rio Sector assisted in rescuing stranded residents in Maverick County.
Between June 14 and June 16, Maverick County saw a record 17 inches of rain fall in under 36 hours. Due to the amount of rainfall, and the rising Rio Grande River, several residents of Maverick County and Eagle Pass were caught off guard when the flooding began. After a request from local authorities, Border Patrol agents from all areas within the Del Rio Sector responded and began rescuing those in need. Throughout the weekend, Border Patrol agents rescued a total of 88 residents.
In this short period more than 480 homes in Maverick County were flooded. Through the combined efforts of the Border Patrol, Eagle Pass Independent School District, Maverick County Sheriff's Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma more than 450 people were rescued.
In FY13, Del Rio Sector has rescued 97 individuals in eight different incidents.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.