Monte Alto Resident Blames Road for Water Damage in Home
MONTE ALTO – A leaky roof, an eroding foundation and still water, that's what's left after Wednesday's storm for a Monte Alto resident.
He tells CHANNEL 5 NEWS the problem is the road.
Homeowner Juan Davila says when it rains, it pools. He says recent changes to a roadway at the corner of FM 88 and Pine Street left him in a quagmire.
"The water comes from the north side and the south side and it comes in here. There's no way for the water to go down," he explains.
An inch of rain fell in Monte Alto Wednesday. A day later, you could still see reflections off the pools of water surrounding his home.
Davila says his problems began shortly after changes were made to FM 88 a few months ago. He says he voiced his opinion then.
"Yea, but you're going to drown me out," he says.
In spite of protest, the consequences of that decision seeped into his home.
Davila showed CHANNEL 5 NEWS the cracks in his ceilings. He said the water also goes under his house. He says it sits and eats away at the foundation.
We asked the county what can be done about Davila's situation.
The Office of the Hidalgo County Commissioner of Precinct 1 says they visited the property before.
They sent us a statement. In it, they point out that FM 88 is maintained by the state. They say they will be notifying the Texas Department of Transportation, so they too can assess the situation.
Davila says he’s concerned about managing the effects of the standing water.
"There's a lot of water in there, and it stays there for a while. The mosquitoes and everything is coming in. I don't know what to do anymore. I'm tired," he tells us.
The commissioner's office says they encourage property owners to keep "all ditches free of debris and obstacles so water can flood properly."
They say they hope the situation can be assessed by the state on Monday.
We'll let you know what they find.