Flood Waters Going Down Along with Shop Sales in Presidio

By Camaron Abundes  
NewsWest 9

PRESIDIO- Sales continue to fall right along with flood waters in Presidio since the Port of Entry closed two weeks ago, according to area business owners.

"We're losing a lot of money," Family Dollar Assistant Manager Erica Guerra, said. "Every store here in Presidio. All the sales are very low."

Border officials tell NewsWest 9 inspectors from the Texas Department of Transportation must inspect the bridge before it can reopen and there is no timetable.

"People are buying less of course," Tae Suk, owner of Presidio DISC Market, says he's lost thousands and want to sell his store and everything in it for $100,000 dollars.

"I thank god nothing is floating in my store," he said, happy at least the flood waters did not reach the inside of his shop.

City Administrator Cindy Clark says she expects to see losses in the city's sales tax revenue for September.

Farmers and ranchers will also see losses. Terry Bishop has lived in Presidio for more than four decades. He says this flood will wipe out his soy crop and cost him hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"We don't know how long it's going to take to dry out, even if the water was gone today it would take at least six weeks to get back into the fields to do anything," he said.

Flood waters also destroyed an old living area, the Bishop's converted into storage. The flood waters lingered eating out a large hole in the adobe walls leading to a partial collapse. Bishop had insurance on the building, but not on his crops. He also owns a golf course in town that is still flooded.

"Right now there is nothing I can do, but wait for the government to hopefully breach what's left of the levee down below and get the water out, and then I have to let it dry," he said.

The Texas Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services contracted a company to spray for mosquitos. City Officials say none of the mosquitos have tested positive for the West Nile Virus, but residents can help with the pest problem by mowing their lawns and removing any standing water on their property. They also advise residents to wear bug spray.