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McAllen Residents Upset Over Storm Water Not Draining Properly

3 years 6 months 2 days ago Tuesday, May 30 2017 May 30, 2017 May 30, 2017 5:48 PM May 30, 2017 in News

MCALLEN – Storm water isn’t draining properly and some McAllen homeowners are fed up.

John Cooksey, a McAllen resident, said he worries whenever storms are forecasted.

“When we see heavy rains of three, four, five inches, we’ve seen water that will come up almost to the flower bed,” he said.

Water is pooling in front of his home. CHANNEL 5 NEWS learned he isn’t alone and found standing water in front of another resident’s home.

“After a rain, it will sit there for several days before eventually it evaporates,” Cooksey said.

“We have some localized water that has been standing in the curb of those streets. Each location has its own particular issue related to it,” McAllen City Engineer Yvette Barrera said.

In some cases the water isn’t draining. In other cases, like Cooksey’s, the drainage infrastructure isn’t there.

McAllen Public Works usually shows up to vacuum away the standing water. The city of McAllen knows a permanent solution is in order.

They’re planning to take corrective action on Cooksey’s street and beyond.

“The city went through and it collected data on various areas that had been exhibiting drainage issues throughout the city. We went though and exhibited the types of projects that there were and came up with approximately $46 million of improvements that need to be done through the city,” Barrera said.

The city engineer plans to discuss the measure with the city commissioner in the near future.

McAllen will try to find the project without having to raise taxes or making budget cuts.

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