Rio Hondo Woman Says Water from Treatment Plant is Damaging Her Home
RIO HONDO – A woman said she wants to know why her city continues to ignore a flooding problem that is causing damages to her home. She wants something to be done.
“The riverfront property is gone, I’m just sitting in an ocean of water right now,” Ajene Langley said.
Langley doesn’t rent river or ocean front property. She rents Rio Hondo Water treatment plant front property.
She told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the views aren’t as luxurious as you would think. Neither is the flooding.
“In the yards, it’s been in this gentleman’s yard. It was flooding all over mine,” Langley explained.
Langley said the last flood was Wednesday. She told CHANNEL 5 NEWS the plant began flooding approximately twice a year, in 2012. Her home is beginning to feel the effects.
“It’s starting to make my house, my trailer settle. And it’s settling that way,” Langley explained.
Langley said the wet soil is causing her home to tilt which can eventually cause plumbing, window and door issues in a trailer home.
She’s also concerned that the standing water is creating mold and insulation issues under her home. She said she’s been getting the run around from the city. So we headed to city hall for answers.
“What happened is that the rains that we had in the last couple of weeks caused our pond to be a little higher than usual. So when the plant pushed what into that pond, it overflowed,” Medina Jr. explained.
City administrator Ben Medina Jr. said the city is currently making repairs to the pond to prevent future flooding.
“We are working on It, completely draining it, making sure that uh the banks around it are properly sealed. That’s being undertaken currently right now,” Medina said.
In addition, Medina explained the city will raise the banks of the pond by the end of the week. He told CHANNEL 5 NEWS in the future plant employees will do a better job monitoring the water levels of the pond. Langley said the repairs are overdue.
Medina added Langley can file a claim with the city’s insurance company for any repairs that need to be made to her home which was caused by the flooding.
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