Mercedes Woman Concerned About Flooding Near Home

Posted: Updated: Dec 08, 2016 11:00 PM

MERCEDES – A Mercedes woman is concerned a construction project could lead to flooding in front of her house.

The woman said she has a broken drainage pipe in front of her home. It’s a problem which has caused flooding along Mile 11 in the past.

Crews are replacing the pipes along her street, but she said crews overlooked one of the pipes that could causes serious problems.

Alicia Rios bought an acre of land 30 years ago and she’s lived on her property peacefully since then. The concerning construction near her home is expected to last about four months.

The road is being repaved and the drainage is being replaced. Rios said she doesn’t mind the work will last through winter.

“The problem is because they don’t want to put some pipes on the other drive-thru that I have, the other driveway,” she explained.

Rios has two entrances to her property but she said the construction team only replaced the drainage pipe under her main driveway.

“My problem is that if they don’t, if they don’t change those pipes, whenever it rains, it’s going to, the water’s not going to go through,” she said.

Rios wants the contractor to replace the pipe under her second driveway.

“We were happy that they were going to do it, but if you’re going to do something, do it right,” she stated.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to Hidalgo County Precinct One. The public information officer, Mario Cano, said the project is being done by a local construction company.

“First thing we will do is get a hold of the engineer on the project and work together with the contractor to address the issue or concern directly with the constituent or resident so they can get it resolved as soon as possible,” he said.

Rios is happy to talk with the construction crew to get the pipes replaced.

“As long as they do it right, it’s okay,” she said.

Rios explained doing it right means making sure flooding won’t be an issue.

Cano said they’re willing to talk to anyone who has questions about construction being done in their area. He said they welcome all comments or suggestions.

Anyone with questions about projects happening near them is recommended to contact their county precinct office.