After 36 Years Without, Some Residents of La Presa, Texas, Finally Get Electricity

Matt Gossage/The Texas Observer
The Texas Observer | August 13, 2008
For 36 years, the people in this dusty, sweltering colonia south of Laredo, have lived without electricity, potable water, or an adequate sewage system. Now an innovative experiment is bringing power to a dozen lucky residents. While the wheels of bureaucracy turned slowly or not at all, residents suffered, despite many applications for assistance from state and local government.

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