Hidalgo Co. Breaks Ground for Drainage System Improvement Project

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WESLACO – The floods that took place in the Rio Grande Valley in June 2018 impacted many Hidalgo County residents.

Those events caused over $30 million in damages within the county.

In the aftermath of the devastation, county leaders worked with Hidalgo County Drainage District 1 to “identify the most critical infrastructure improvements needed in the county’s drainage system.”

In Nov. 2018, voters approved a $190 million bond for 38 projects addressing the most critical infrastructure improvements in impacted areas.

Wednesday’s groundbreaking of the new Chapa-Las Brisas Detention Facility in Weslaco marks the first phase of improvement plans.

“We are excited to be breaking ground on the first 2018 Drainage Bond Project in Precinct 1,” said district manager Raul E. Sesin. “This project will impact Mile 9 North and FM 1015 and will consist of channel and culvert improvements to the drainage ditch network for the area, including the extension of an existing drainage ditch and a new storm drainage system with detention ponds for the Chapa-Las Brisas Subdivision.”

Hidalgo County Pct 1 will benefit from 14 projects through the bond.

The groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Mile 9 and FM 1015.

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