Weslaco Homeowners Fed Up with Constant Sewage Overflows
WESLACO – A sewage manhole in Weslaco continues to overflow near a school and homes, frustrating residents in the area.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS first told you about the drainage issue months ago. The city said it had fixed the problem.
The sewage manhole cover couldn't take the pressure. Dark water and a foul smell filled the streets on Wednesday.
"Right now, I see there's poop, pampers in the water and it's just nasty,” said Richard Vasquez’s daughter.
Vasquez's 11 and 6-year-old daughters live in front of the sewage drain. They didn't expect there to be a problem.
"I went to pick up my girls and I told them I was going to make a barbeque outside thinking that all that was going to be under control. We get here boom,” said Vasquez.
The father of two said this is not the first time this has happened.
“It's the fifth time I call you guys. I'm tired, I mean, right now I have to go wash the clothes out again everything,” he said.
We reached out to the city of Weslaco. Officials said they tried to pump water, but it only worked briefly.
Three of the workers stood on the manhole cover on Wednesday, but it only caused more problems. The other manhole started to overflow.
Weslaco Wastewater Superintendent Marcelo Cosme explained they can fix it for now.
"One way to fix it; we're going to eliminate that one manhole right there. It’s no longer in service but it's the same line. Once we do that, the rest of the manholes will be completely sealed and that should keep the system cleaned up in this area. (Reporter) is that going to cause other systems to overflow too though?) “It might cause further problems down the line as you saw when we sealed up these it started to affect the other ones,” said Vasquez.
Cosme said he's waiting on the city budget to fix the problem.
"The money we had set aside for this we pretty much used it up. So we have to wait come October 2nd so we can start getting the funds to finish up this job here,” he said.
Vasquez said he and his family will have to leave their home for now because of the smell.
The sewage was also flowing into the drainage system. The city said they report all of that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Crews also disinfect the area with bleach solution.