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Disaster Date:06/01/2018

McAllen, TX


What Happened

In June 2018, a sudden severe storm dumped heavy rains on the mesas north of McAllen, TX, and swept into the tributaries to the Rio Grande River. This freak storm created flooding where not typically expected, as the affected homes were not in a typical flood plain.

Volunteer in McAllen, TX

What MDS Is Doing

In the Fall of 2022, MDS will build two new homes in response to the flooding events. MDS has previously built several other new homes in the area in 2021-2022. Time will be set aside each week for learning about immigration and the border, including information and stories from service providers, immigrants, and local churches.


The Rio Grande Valley is located in the southernmost tip of Texas on the northern bank of the Rio Grande River, which separates Mexico from the United States. This region’s population is one of the fastest growing in the United States. Two popular tourist destinations in the Rio Grande Valley are Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and the Port Isabel Lighthouse.

Weekly Reports

McAllen, TX – Dec. 11-16, 2022

We had 2 couples from PA for our weekly volunteers along with 1 long term volunteer from Germany. On the Cisneros house, we finished painting and cleaned up the yard from drywall scraps and other things. World Renew continued to hang drywall and...

McAllen, TX – Nov. 27-Dec. 3, 2022

We had a group of 14 weekly volunteers from VA and NY along with two longer term volunteers from VA and Germany. On the del Angel house we built the decks, installed the doors, siding and got it completely painted. The Rodríguez house the deck was...

McAllen, TX – Nov. 20-26, 2022

We were a very small group again this week which consisted of only long-term leaders and one long term volunteer.  We finished the trusts, got them and the sheeting on, so the Casas house is covered.  Did rough in plumbing, thanks to a local...

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