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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 – 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...

McAllen, TX – Nov. 13-19, 2022

We were a small group this week, consisting of four weekly volunteers, who worked with our construction supervisor, a crew leader and two longterm workers. Electrical work was completed at the Rodriguez house, then it was all hands on deck at the...

McAllen, TX – Feb 28-Mar 4, 2022

Hello In There In 1971, I discovered John Prine.  He’d just released his first vinyl album and the songs directed an uncommon beautiful light on common experiences.   His song “Hello In There” extended my education about loneliness and older...