1.5 Inches of Rain Causes Flooding in Cameron Co. Neighborhood
BROWNSVILLE – A man said he wants to know what Cameron County is doing to fix the flooding in his neighborhood.
Vidal Gonzalez and his wife raised three children in their home located near Illinois Avenue and Vermont Circle. He said life is good around his house until it rains.
“All of this fills up with water. Up to six to eight inches from where the washer is," he told CHANNEL 5 NEWS.
It rained on Brownsville Friday. Gonzalez said some water was still stagnant nearly three days later.
He said his home receives the worst of the flooding in the neighborhood due to its low elevation. Rain water and backed up sewer water from nearby manholes flow down his driveway.
“It fills up with water here and the car can't pass. It gets really bad up front and we have to use this SUV since it's higher," Gonzalez said.
He’s concerned about a serious storm and has taken his own precautions by adding a concrete driveway.
Gonzalez said his car used to get stuck in the mud. He's also saving money to install a make shift drainage system. He feels the county should do more as well.
"There needs to be a solution to this problem," he said.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to Cameron County's construction superintendent, Ruben Gonzalez Jr. He said the county believes the source of the problem is a pipe located on a neighboring property.
Gonzalez said the problem is the property is private. He explained they’re working to discover who the owner of the property is. Once the owner is discovered, the county must receive permission to evaluate the pipe.
Vidal Gonzalez said he hopes the county finds the solution to the problem soon, preferably before a major storm hits the Valley.
We will continue to track the county's efforts to locate the owner of the property so the matter can be resolved.