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New Drainage System to Prevent Flooding in Subdivision

2 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Friday, November 17 2017 Nov 17, 2017 November 17, 2017 7:20 PM November 17, 2017 in News

EDINBURG – Hidalgo County Precinct 4 is dedicating time to fix subdivisions that have gone without drainage for decades.

The rain late Sunday, early Monday was the first test of a new drainage system north of Edinburg.

North Hidalgo County residents all remember the historic rains of 2014 and 2015. Some people received about eight to 10 inches.

Dusty Syphers lives north of Monte Cristo Road, off Rio Grande Care Road. It isn’t far from a drainage ditch that wasn’t there two years ago.

Back then, it didn’t take much rain to flood the area.

“With three or four inches of rain down here it would flood pretty good, but now it doesn’t,” he said.

Syphers said about four inches of rain fell in his yard Sunday and Monday, but there was no flooding.

Precinct 4 Commissioner Joseph Palacios said it’s because the ditch and new drains installed in the nearby subdivisions.

“They’re working. We’re not seeing the flooding that we’ve seen in the past,” he said.

The neighborhood didn’t have drainage for decades. Developers weren’t required to install drainage systems back then.

“Now we’re working with developers to ensure that if developments are coming in, that we make sure we have adequate connections between their subdivisions with our system,” Palacios said.

Underground pipes will move water from neighborhoods to a huge outfall and eventually to the Laguna Madre.

Palacios admitted the county has a lot more work to do to ensure every property is prepared for a hurricane or another rain like the one from two years.

As for Syphers’ neighborhood, it’s a lot more prepared for a catastrophic weather event than ever before.

Contractors for new subdivisions being built in the county must work to ensure the neighborhood can connect to an outfall.

Palacios said it will take time to connect all the subdivisions built before those new rules were in place.

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