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Pharr man speaks out after witnessing bee attack

3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago Tuesday, September 21 2021 Sep 21, 2021 September 21, 2021 6:32 PM September 21, 2021 in News - Local

Editor's note: This story has been updated with comment from the city of Pharr. 

A man who witnessed a swarm of bees attack two Hidalgo County employees on Monday is sharing his story of how he and his neighbors sprung into action to help the men. 

Pharr resident John Kelly said he was walking outside his home when he heard the screams.

"My neighbor, he said, 'Someone's in the canal,' so I went down to the gate and ran over there," Kelly said. "I climbed the hill, and there were two people in the water with bees all over their heads." 

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Kelly saw firsthand as a swarm of bees attacked the men working on repairing erosion to a drainage ditch; they were each stung more than 100 times.   

A spokesperson for the City of Pharr confirmed Hidalgo County Drainage District 1 is in charge of the maintenance of the area where the bee attack happened because it falls in their jurisdiction. 

Watch the video above for the full story. 

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