Weslaco Family Considers Move After Flooding

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WESLACO – Flooding in one Rio Grande Valley street is proving too much for a family. They are now considering to move somewhere away from drainage problems.

The Pitts family lives on Quail Hollow Drive, in front of a drainage ditch.

Jared Pitts, a Texas State Technical College student staying with his parents, said he saw water flowing out of the ditch into his yard. He said his neighborhood was inundated as result of the storm Tuesday. He said he saw no effective stormwater drainage.

"From one minute to the next, it was rising over the curb and then I had to move both of my vehicles onto the driveway. Before I knew it, it was in the garage and the roads were completely flooded," said Pitts.

His neighborhood had serious flooding two years ago as well. He added Tuesday's flooding left his yard soggy until the next day. 

These incidents have his parents thinking about finding a drier neighborhood.

"They've talked about it. They haven't really discussed it with me. They've talked about it, so it's a possibility especially because of the flooding," he said.

Pitts added he is not happy with the thought of having to move. He is attached to the house on Quail Hollow Drive.

"I've been here all my life and it's home," he said.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to Weslaco Mayor David Suarez. He said he knows some people are considering a move out of flood-prone areas.

"We would not like to see residents move, we don't blame them for moving," said Suarez. "We are going to mitigate that drainage problem there."

Suarez wants residents to know the city is working on a solution. He said a larger pipe would alleviate the issue.

He knows residents don't want to hear talk from the city. They want the problem fixed.

"I will meet with them and show them what we found and what we plan to do, and the time we plan to do it. We're going to plan to do it as soon as possible. And I just ask for a little bit of patience," said Suarez.

Suarez said he and Weslaco city commissioners will put together a meeting with the neighbors on Quail Hollow Drive. He said his preliminary plan for the meeting is to hold it in their subdivision.

The mayor said it will take place Thursday or Friday of next week, weather permitting. He added information on the meeting will be handed out to the neighbors on fliers.

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